The huge waves that are hitting the Hawaiian coast mean that anybody with a surfboard is heading to the beach. Unfortunately several locals ran afoul of Sofía Mulánovich and Austraila's Jessi Miley-Dyer as they competed at the season-ending Billabong Pro Maui. Their round-three clash will have to be restarted ahead of the quarter-finals on Wednesday morning.
Head judge Richie Porta said: “Water security lost control of the lineup and were unable to protect the contest zone from the 30 surfers who were intruding on the contest area. Both surfers were interfered with by non-competitors, hindering their chances on capitalizing on potentially heat changing waves.”
Meanwhile, fresh from sealing a hat-trick of ASP Women’s World Tour titles, Stephanie Gilmore is refusing to let up. The 21-year-old Australian posted the opening day’s highest heat total, a near-perfect 18.80 out of 20, as she capitalized on the firing barrels against wildcard Alessa Quizon, putting her on course to win the Billabong Pro Maui for the third year in a row.
Gilmore and world number two Silvana Lima of Brazil dominated a marathon opening day in pumping eight foot (2.5 metre) surf in Hawaii. The 25-year-old Brazilian recorded the day’s only perfect 10-point ride when she drove through a freight-training barrel. Unfortunately, Gidget Pro champ Carissa Moore was on the receiving end of Lima's performance and was defeated in round 3.
Sally Fitzgibbons, fresh off her first career final at Sunset Beach, advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating current Vans Triple Crown leader Alana Blanchard in round 3. "I'm pretty amazed to have conditions like this for my first event at Honolua on the ASP Women's World Tour. I managed to get one of the best barrels of my life. I was pretty happy to have it here in the contest."
Billabong Pro Maui Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.50, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 8.90, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.17
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.67, Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.33, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.53
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.00, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.07, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 6.93
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.33, Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.60, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 5.77
Heat 5: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.84, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.37, Megan Abubo (HAW) 8.00
Heat 6: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 13.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 8.60, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 8.50
Billabong Pro Maui Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.37, Megan Abubo (HAW) 11.17
Heat 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 17.54, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.83, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 1.97
Billabong Pro Maui Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.94 def. Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 13.16
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.40 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.26
Heat 3: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 9.50 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 6.33
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.80 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.50
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.33 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.50
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.43 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 9.10
Heat 7: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 14.00 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.90