- World Surf League: Rip Curl Women's Pro Round 2 & 3, Rookie Caroline Marks Advances to Quarterfinals
- Women's Championship Rip Curl Women's Pro ran Round 2 and 3 at Bells Beach in Torquay, Australia.
In Heat 3 of Round 2, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) was eliminated by wildcard Kobie Enright (AUS). In her professional surfing career, Fitzgibbons has never fallen below 5th place at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event.
This marked the two-time event winner’s first early elimination ahead of the Final Series in nine years. 18-year-old Enright will advance to Round 3, while 27-year-old Fitzgibbons leaves in 13th place.
The rookie Caroline Marks (USA) defeated current World No. 2 Keely Andrew (AUS) in Heat 1 of Round 2. Followed by, she eliminated Sage Erickson (USA) and current Jeep Leader Lakey Peterson (USA) in Round 3. She advanced to the Quarterfinals for the first time, and will compete against Johanne Defay (FRA).
The Rookie Caroline Marks said;
"This is my first time surfing here at Bells Beach, and I absolutely love it. I came straight here after Snapper and have been surfing a lot, which has helped as it is a tricky wave to understand. I’ve been watching clips of Mark Occhilupo and Bobby Martinez, who were two of the best goofy-footers out here. It’s been really inspiring seeing how they surf this place. I had a really good start to the season at Snapper, which has given me a lot of confidence and making that Round 2 heat has just built on that confidence.
I really like all those girls. I've looked up to them my whole life and I knew it was going to be a tough heat. I just tried to go with my own program and it worked out. I really like surfing on my backside, which worked to my advantage because I could get vertical. I'm just trying to have fun because there's not a whole lot of pressure on me right now."
Rip Curl Women's Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.66 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.50
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.4 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 10.93
Heat 3: Kobie Enright (AUS) 11.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.34
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.03 def. Paige Hareb (ASU) 12.36
Heat 5: Nikki Van Dijk (ASU) 13.83 def. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 10.50
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.93 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.93
Rip Curl Women's Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.06, Nikki Van Dijk (ASU) 10.13, Kobie Enright (AUS) 8.67
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.56, Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.67, Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.50
Heat 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.17, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.33, Lakey Peterson (USA) 7.73
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.56, Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.22, Coco Ho (HAW) 7.93
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 1 Results:
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.63, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 11.53, Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.26
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.00, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 8.40, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 7.53
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.33, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.90, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 8.50
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.03, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.27 , Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10.70
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.50 def. Carl Wright (AUS) 8.33
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.57 def. Mikey McDonagh (AUS) 8.87
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.17 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.43
Heat 4: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.33 def. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 11.03
Heat 5: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.43 def. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.00
Heat 6: Frederico Morais (PRT) 7.73 def. Michael February (ZAF) 6.43
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA)11.60 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.84
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (USA) 13.74 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 13.64
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.36 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.33
Heat 10: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.83 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 9.73
Heat 11: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.00 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.70
Heat 12: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.26 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 12.80
- source : World Surf League