Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hiccup for Gilmore in Title Chase

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hiccup for Gilmore in Title Chase

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Byline: SURF SCENE Andrew McKinnon

ASP world women's rating leader Stephanie Gilmore is on track for her fifth world title assault, advancing into round three of the Billabong Rio Pro at Arpoador, Brazil despite a minor hiccup having to surf it out in the round two elimination round.

The former four-time world champion was out-surfed in round one by Hawaii's Alessa Quizon, a late minute call-up when both Sofia Mulanovich and Silvana Lima withdrew through injury.

Quizon, a red hot goofyfoot from Kauai, Hawaii, was totally on her game, busting out of the blocks early and taking advantage of her forehand on the lefthanders to take a win from Steph, relegating her into round two with Melanie Bartels of Makaha, on the West side of Oahu, Hawaii.

aI was pretty worried going into that heat because the waves were just so minimal,a Gilmore said.

aPerformance-wise, when it's inconsistent and very hard to surf, there are so many things going through your mind. It was really nerve-wracking, especially going against Mel Bartels a she's one of my favourite surfers and I was nervous.

aThe girls really were hassling really hard yesterday. When you're sitting next to the rock you're basically pushing each other on to that rock. It's like a weird war out there and young Alessa (Quizon), it's her first World Tour event, I think and I was still pretty jet-lagged after that first one.a

Gilmore will now face Hawaiian duo, Malia Manuel of Kauai and Coco Ho of Sunset Beach, Oahu, in the non-elimination round three where first advances to the quarter-final and second and third surf it off in round four.

ASP debutante Malia Manuel has had Steph on the ropes twice so far this year a once at Margaret River and then at Dee Why.

IN the ASP men's world title event the door has been left wide open in Brazil with the withdrawal of 11-time world champ Kelly Slater who severely cut his back foot surfing at G-Land, Java, Indonesia. …

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