Sally Fitzgibbons secures quarter-final spot in Portugal

Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT
Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

THE Cascais Women’s Pro, stop number eight on the World Surf League Championship Tour (CT), resumed on Thursday at the back-up venue of Guincho – with differing results for two South Coast athletes, in the clean four-to-six foot surf.

Competition ran through rounds two and three, with the first four quarter-finalists decided.

Following the conclusion of the women’s event the EDP Billabong Pro Cascais ran through heats 1 - 8 of round three.

Culburra Beach's Tyler Wright. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

Culburra Beach's Tyler Wright. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

Reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright, from Culburra Beach was eliminated in round two at the hands of Portugese wildcard Teresa Bonvalot

Wright suffered an injury during a freesurf earlier this week, tearing her MCL, and today’s 13th place finish is her worst result of the season with possible world title implications.

Tyler Wright. Footage: WSL

Tyler Wright. Footage: WSL

“My leg is still sore, I did it three days ago,” Wright said.

“I could have sat this event out but I’d rather win or lose on my feet so I decided to compete.

“Teresa had a really smart heat and played a smart game so I’m stoked for her.

“For a wildcard I thought she did really well.

My MCL is 70per cent off the bone so between now and France I’ll focus on healing and getting myself in the best physical health to compete there.

Even though I lost it’s hard for me to figure out how I lost.

I don’t feel like I’m injured, I still feel like I can go out there and win.

“I’ve got a really good team and I’m feeling good.”

Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons had no such concerns, as the current number one on the Jeep Leaderboard, earned her place in the quarter-finals with a round three victory over Keely Andrew (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA).

Sally Fitzgibbons. Footage: WSL

Sally Fitzgibbons. Footage: WSL

“There’s always a big advantage to skipping rounds and I’m really happy to be through to the quarter-finals,” Fitzgibbons said.

“This year I really have that calm and confidence that I do have what it takes to make it through to finals and win events. I think last year I was lacking in a couple of areas and I’ve been chasing those and building it back up.

“I’m really ready and I want to keep going all the way.

“I’ve been in title races before so I’m just trying to bring out my best performances and enjoying my time in the ocean.”

Culburra Beach's Mikey Wright. Photo: WSL/MAUSUREL

Culburra Beach's Mikey Wright. Photo: WSL/MAUSUREL

In other results, Tyler’s brother Mikey continued his strong form at the 2017 EDP Billabong Pro Cascais, winning round three heat five to progress.

CASCAIS WOMEN’S PRO ROUND TWO RESULTS:

Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.50 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.07

Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.90 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.76

Heat 3: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.50 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.23

Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.27 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.00

Heat 5: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.50 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 7.60

Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.70 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 8.50

CASCAIS WOMEN’S PRO ROUND THREE RESULTS:

Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.23, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.10, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 4.33

Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.56, Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.00, Silvana Lima (BRA) 6.77

Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.37, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.50, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.40

Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.34, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.67, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.50

CASCAIS WOMEN’S PRO ROUND THREE MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)

Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT)

Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)

EDP BILLABONG PRO CASCAIS ROUND THREE RESULTS:

Heat 1: Cam Richards (USA) 14.30, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.54, Michael Dunphy (USA) 11.10, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.60

Heat 2: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.63, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 14.53, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 10.83, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.53

Heat 3: Joan Duru (FRA) 15.73, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.33, Davey Cathels (AUS) 12.10, Parker Coffin (USA) 6.94

Heat 4: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 16.60, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.36, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.87, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 6.77

Heat 5: Mikey Wright (AUS) 13.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.33, Connor O'Leary (AUS) 12.06, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 10.90

Heat 6: Kalani Ball (AUS) 11.80, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.53, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 10.56, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 10.53

Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.70, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.77, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 11.30, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.50

Heat 8: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 15.00, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.40, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 11.36, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.06

REMAINING EDP BILLABONG PRO CASCAIS ROUND THREE MATCH-UPS:

Heat 9: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Marc Lacomare (FRA)

Heat 10: Jackson Baker (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA)

Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Michael February (ZAF), Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Heat 12: Mateus Herdy (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Cooper Chapman (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)