Sofia Mulanovich at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal Hugo Silva/Red Bull Photofiles

The Rip Curl Women’s Pro Portugal, the sixth stop of eight on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, ran through the first three rounds of competition yesterday in the backup venue of Lagido in three-to-five-foot waves.

Carissa Moore had a strong day, posting the highest heat total at 17.00 in Round 3. The 18-year-old Hawaiian is enjoying her first year on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

“I’m stoked as the conditions all day have been really good,” Moore said. “I had a really nice heat with Rosanne (Hodge) and feel good. My board feels really good and I’m so thankful to Portugal for hosting us this year.”

Moore and Red Bull Surfing teammate Sally Fitzgibbons earned the highest single-wave scores for the day, both netting a 9.00 out of 10.

“I watched Sally in the heat before kind of go off,” said Moore, “and that got me excited to perform too.” 

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Current ASP Women’s World No. 2 Fitzgibbons (pictured at left) will now face Moore in the Quarterfinals when the event resumes.

“After the second round, the tide came in and it was tricky to line up which one was going to wall up,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s a bit difficult with the wind coming up, trying to paddle into them. My board felt good and I ended up putting together a really nice heat. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going in the coming days.”

Former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, had this to say about the day’s action: “The waves are definitely better on the higher tide because they stand up more. I was kind of feeling the break out in my first round heat, but definitely felt better this afternoon. I love surfing on my backhand. The waves are great and all the girls are surfing amazing so it’s going to be an excellent event.”

Mulanovich (pictured at top) will face Chelsea Hedges in Quarterfinal 1 when competition resumes.

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.00, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.83, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 2: R. Woods (AUS) 8.33, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 7.93, B. Hamilton (HAW) 5.16
Heat 3: Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 9.00, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.93, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 5.20
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.10, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.44, J. Dupont (FRA) 7.57
Heat 5: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 11.43, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 8.33, Silvana Lima (BRA) 3.00
Heat 6: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.33, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.53, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.00

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.94, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 9.63, Justine Dupont (FRA) 8.83
Heat 2: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.00, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 8.90, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.03

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.13 def. Nikita Robb (ZAF) 7.00
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.00 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.43
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.60
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.84 def. Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 6.66
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.83 def. Nicola Atherton (AUS) 9.33
Heat 6: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.00 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 7.10
Heat 7: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.93 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.33
Heat 8: Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.50 def. Bethany Hamilton (AUS) 7.10

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO PORTUGAL QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
QF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
QF 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)

 

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