Carissa Moore at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Shorty/Red Bull Photofiles

Sally Fitzgibbons and Carissa Moore have set up a third-round showdown in the Rip Curl Pro, the second stop on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Day one on Tuesday saw the completion of the opening two rounds of the competition at Bells Beach before flagging surf saw organizers call for a Lay Day.

Wednesday's washout shouldn't dampen the spirits of Fitzgibbons, who booked her place in the next round after beating Hawaiian Moore and Aussie compatriot Rebecca Woods in a first-round heat.

19-year-old Fitzgibbons posted a score of 7.67, with Moore finishing in second place with 6.17. Fitzgibbons and her rival will meet again in the next round to determine who will progress through to the Quarterfinals.

Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich finished a close second in her heat with a score of 11.56, not quite enough to topple Australian Claire Bevilacqua from the top spot. A head-to-head will now determine which surfer will qualify for the last eight.

The ever-dangerous Stephanie Gilmore and Chelsea Hedges also showed strong form, progressing in a competition that looks set to boast a stellar line-up in the later stages.

Even the best wave-chasers are at the mercy of the elements, though, so the event organizers are hopeful that Thursday will see a big improvement in the surf.

"Conditions are as expected today with little surf to speak of," Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Contest Director, said on Wednesday.

"We’ve called both men’s and women’s competition off for the day and will be back at 7.30am to reassess conditions."

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2010 is webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com. For more information on the ASP World Tour, log onto www.aspworldtour.com.


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