Published on April 4th, 2013 | by curlmag0
Paige gets knocked out in round two!
In solid one to 1.5metre surf and offshore winds at Fitzroy Beach, Round One and Two of the Dow AgroSciences Pro was held in day of close heats and upsets.
The biggest upset for the local crowd was home town entrant Paige Hareb being knocked out in Round Two by Sage Erickson of the USA.
The day began with in similar style for Hareb with the winner of the first heat, Courtenay Colongue scoring 11.75 out of a possible 20, forcing Hareb and Malia Manuel into the Round Two repecharge. In Heat Two, Coco Ho won with a score of 12.75 leaving world champion Steph Gilmore and Sage Erikson to compete in Round Two.
In Heat Three, Carissa Moore continues her winning form with a 15.50 win meaning Pauline Ado and Kiwi wildcard Ella Williams will fight it out in Round Two for a spot in Round Three.
The final three heats in Round One of the Dow AgroSciences Pro have been run deciding who is going straight to Round Three and who is competing in the Repecharge Round Two which is currently underway.
In Heat Four, South African tour rookie Bianca Buitendag won with a 13.15, with Tyler Wright 2nd (12.35) and Sofia Mulanovich 3rd (8.05).
In Heat Five, Sally Fitzgibbons is on form with a high score of 16.5, ahead of Rebecca Woods (13.10), and Silvana Lima (10.10).
In Heat Six, Lakey Peterson scored a perfect 10 earning her the highest wave score of the Round – 17.60 out of a possible 20. This pushed Alan Blanchard (4.35) and Laura Enver (13.50) into Round Two.
In the Round Two knock out round, in Heat 1 Malia Manuel scored at 15.60, to Silvana Lima’s 11.10.
In Heat 2, local girl and home town favourite, Paige Hareb was knocked out in a closely fought battle with Sage Erickson from the USA. Erikson posted a 14.00 out of a possible 20, while Hareb was agonisingly close behind with a 13.60 and is now out of this ASP WCT Pro event.
In Heat 3, Stephanie Gilmore won her Round Two repecharge in a high scoring heat against Sofia Mulanovich scoring an 18.40 out of possible 20 to Sofia’s 16.50.
The final two heats of Round Two in 1.5 metre waves and moderate offshores saw Australian Rebecca Woods score a 13.5 to Hawaiian Alana Blanchard’s 9.0 in heat five. And in a reflection of the close scoring heats of the day, Australian Laura Enever scored a 15.95 to Pauline Ado’s (France) 15.0 in Heat 6.
The competition resumes tomorrow with Round Three at a likely 7.45am start (NZ time) in similar conditions at Fitzroy Beach.
Festival Director, Craig Williams of Surfing Taranaki, says the surf in the competition so far has been among the best seen in the New Zealand WCT event.
“We’ve got great waves predicted for the rest of the competition so we expect some great surfing action over the next couple of days,” says Williams.
This year the Dow AgroSciences Pro is being staged over a five-day window from April 3 to 7 as part of the 10-day TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival. The main competition arena will be Fitzroy Beach, with Back Beach and Arawhata Rd around the Surf Highway as backup arenas should wind and swell conditions change.