Carissa Moore capitalized on the momentum from her win in Taranaki last week as professional surfing returned to Sydney's Northern Beaches on Wednesday for the fourth event on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour – the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic.
With small beach break conditions forecast for the next few days at the scheduled host venue of Dee Why, organizers opted to relocate to the more favorable surf of nearby Curl Curl for Round One.
On a day of fine weather, offshore winds and a clean, 3-foot break, it was Moore who was first up, facing world number three Chelsea Hedges. The 17-year-old impressed again, posting the highest score of the day (17.50) to win the match-up.
The 2010 rookie, who still juggles her surfing career with her schoolwork, has been buoyed by her recent success but admitted it was a big task being drawn in such a competitive heat.
"I feel really good after my win in New Zealand." –Moore
"It was a tough one coming up against Chelsea," she said. "I was really excited. There were some nice ones coming in but it was a little nerve-racking because I've drawn the first heat a few times this year.
“I feel really good after my win in New Zealand," she continued. "The whole experience was so awesome.”
Moore will now meet world number nine Rebecca Woods after the 25-year-old progressed through a sudden-death Round Two.
Sofia Mulanovich and Sally Fitzgibbons are also through to Round Three after securing second place in their respective heats.
Peruvian Mulanovich posted a score of 13.97 to finish behind Rosanne Hodge (15.06), while Fitzgibbons, who delivered an impressive run in Taranaki before losing in the Final to Moore, edged out Claire Bevilacqua.
Reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore returned to form, meanwhile, having suffered a major upset at the previous stop. Gilmore was defeated by 15-year-old Aussie Sarah Mason in New Zealand but ousted another wildcard winner, Laura Enever, and tour veteran Jessi Miley-Dyer en route to the third round.
Round Three Match-Ups
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) v Amee Donohoe (AUS)
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) v Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) v Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) v Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (AUS) v Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) v Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 7: Melanie Bartels (HAW) v Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 8: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) v Lee Ann Curren (FRA)