Breaking big waves

Courtney Conlogue continued her fine form on day two of the World Surf League (WSL) 2016 Fiji Women’s Pro at Tavarua Island Resort.

The 23-year-old American looked completely in control at the fearsome Cloudbreak wave, comfortably winning her round three heat with a remarkable score of 18.67 out of 20

Conlogue’s impressive score yesterday followed on from her 16.27 in round one on Sunday, making her the highest scorer on consecutive days.

Last year’s series runner-up currently sits second in the 2016 WSL Championship Tour standings as she advances to the quarter-finals, seeking to overthrow Tyler Wright at the top of the series leaderboard.

With a much greater swell yesterday compared with Sunday, Conlogue was not alone in gaining high scores from the judges.

A perfect 10 from Laura Enever was not enough to overcome defending series champion Carissa Moore, whose consistency in the improved conditions earned her a quarter-final place with a formidable score of 18.64.

Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Sally Fitzgibbons eased into tomorrow’s action with a victory in the final round three heat, once again taming Cloudbreak with a highly respectable 16.27.

Joining Conlogue, Moore, Fitzgibbons and Bethany Hamilton in the quarter-finals are the winners of the round four heats: Enever, Nikki van Dijk, Johanne Defay and Bianca Buitendag, who will take on Fitzgibbons in a rematch of last year’s final.

Female surfing icon and six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore is a notable absentee from the quarter-final line-up, having suffered narrow losses in both Round 3 and round four.

Similar conditions are anticipated at Cloudbreak today, meaning at least the quarter finals are likely to be contested today.

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