Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
Presented by Ford
ASP Men's World Tour event #2/10
Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach
Presented by Ford Fiesta
ASP Women's World Tour event #2/7
Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
3 - 14 April 2012
Fitzgibbons Goes Back-to-Back at the Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 April, 2012 : - - Bells Beach -- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, has claimed victory at the 2012 Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta over Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, in offshore four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach. The second stop on the 2012 ASP Womens World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach enjoyed a weeks worth of excellent waves and the worlds best female surfers rose to the occasion in fine fashion.
In a hard-fought Final, it was Fitzgibbons who was able to stave off a late charge from Gilmore and claim the Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach for the second year in a row.
Im speechless, Fitzgibbons said. Im so pumped. That was tough. Bells went to sleep on both of us and it got real tactical at the end. Steph (Gilmore) only needed a small score and I just hung on for dear life. That wave she took at the end looked so small and I had a feeling there was going to be another set, but there wasnt. I just cant believe I won Bells two years in a row!
Sally Fitzgibbons © ASP/Rip Curl
Fitzgibbons said the result was a dream come true, and added that it was too early to be talking about the world title. She beat American rookie Lakey Peterson in the quarterfinals the round that commenced the final day of competition. Then the Gerroa, South Coast surfer downed reigning world champion Carissa Moore (Haw) in the semi to give herself a chance at back-to-back Bells titles.
Gilmore, who appeared to be the form surfer of the event, was disappointed to not come away with the win, but her Runner-Up finish further cements her position as current frontrunner on the 2012 ASP Womens World Championship Tour ratings.
Im a little bit tired but feeling good, Gilmore said. I felt like I was surfing pretty well and knew it was going to be a hard road. I thought I was consistently putting things together and surfing well and then I came up against a brick wall in Sally (Fitzgibbons). It was a good Final and Sally deserved this win and shes great for womens surfing. Congrats to her.
Stephanie Gilmore © ASP/Rip Curl
Gilmore, who appeared to be the form surfer of the event, was disappointed not come away with the win, but her Runner-Up finish further cements her position as current frontrunner on the 2012 ASP Womens World Championship Tour ratings.
Gilmore had won both her quarterfinal and semi-final in style, beating Hawaiian Malia Manuel and northern NSW teenager Tyler Wright. Gilmore posted high-scoring 9.77 rides in both and confidently waited until the last possible wave before getting the score she needed to beat Wright in a semi-final. Gilmore said that tactic failed her in the final.
Gilmore competed all day on one of Mick Fannings boards that she found in France but failed to find her earlier form of the day in the final.
Tyler Wright (AUS), 18, into her sophomore year amongst the womens elite, was in sensational form all week, but the young natural-footer would ultimately fall to Gilmore in todays Semifinals. Todays Equal 3rd matches an Equal 3rd from the season-opener on the Gold Coast and Wright firmly sits at No. 3 on the 2012 ASP Womens World Championship Tour ratings.
Its frustrating going down to Steph (Gilmore) in that fashion but shes really a tenacious competitor, Wright said. Shes so casual on land and we train together occasionally, but once shes in the water, shes really a dominant competitor. I feel like Im surfing well though and an Equal 3rd is a good result. Looking forward to the next one.
Carissa Moore (HAW), 19, reigning ASP Womens World Champion, was another standout throughout the Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach, but would ultimately fall to eventual winner Fitzgibbons in the Semifinals.
Stephanie Gilmore - Tyler Wright Sally Fitzgibbons - Carissa Moore
Semifinals is a good result but Im disappointed in my performance there, Moore said. Unfortunately I couldnt really get into a rhythm in that last heat, but its a keeper result and Im looking forward to heading to New Zealand next week and hopefully posting a big result there. I love the waves and the people there and feel really comfortable in Taranaki.
Highlights from the Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach will be available via live.ripcurl.com.
The next stop on the 2012 ASP Womens World Championship Tour season will be the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroScriences Pro in Taranaki New Zealand from April 11 15, 2012.
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RIP CURL WOMENS PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:
1 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.76
2 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.33
RIP CURL WOMENS PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.77
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.50
RIP CURL WOMENS PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.63 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 15.93
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.80 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.83
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.03
QF 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.43 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.76
ASP WOMENS WORLD TOP 3 (After Rip Curl Womens Pro Bells Beach):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18,000 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16,500 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13,000 pts
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