Surfing tour leaders out in shock upset round

ISOBEL EWING AND BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 06/04/2013
Coco Ho
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HAWAIIAN STYLE: Hawaii’s Coco Ho knocked fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel out in the quarterfinals and will face Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons in today’s semifinal.

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World surf tour stars Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright were knocked out of the Dream Tour event at Fitzroy Beach yesterday.

In the biggest upset of the day, Courtney Conlogue, of the United States, toppled Moore in the quarterfinals of the Dow AgroSciences Pro with a score of 15.82 out of a possible 20 to Moore's 15.17.

Top wave scorer for the competition, Lakey Peterson, nudged ahead of Tyler Wright in round four, scoring 15.20 to Wright's 14.20.

Moore and Wright were ranked first and second in the world respectively.

Conlogue opened the quarter-final heat with a 7.0 to take the lead, but Moore hit back with an 8.67 from two huge backhand turns.

Moore then backed that up with a 6.50, leaving Conlogue needing an 8.18.

The Californian then scored a 7.70, which wasn't enough to go in to the lead but left her needing only a 7.48 with 10 minutes remaining. She then scored an 8.17 with three minutes left to take the lead back.

With just 90 seconds left Moore took off on a wave and performed two turns but only scored 6.17, which wasn't enough.

Conlogue said she was lucky to pip Moore with her last wave.

"She's an amazing competitor, I've surfed against her a lot and sometimes she gets me and sometimes I get her."

In the round four heat, Wright scored 7.25 on her first wave and had a back-up score of 6.9, needing 7.96 to move into first place.

She had a chance at the score but could only manage a 6.95, leaving Peterson with priority.

Peterson, with a comfortable 8.3 and 6.9, sat on Wright for the final five minutes and took off on a good wave to stop her.

The ocean went flat for the final two minutes of the heat and Wright ran out of chances.

But Wright was no sore loser.

"Lakey's been ripping this whole contest, she's had tens, she's had nines, eights, sevens. I'm happy with how I did, I made a few mistakes and that's it. It's really good to see Lakey win."

Peterson's winning streak ended when she met Australia's Sally Fitzgibbons in the quarter-final, bowing out with a 14.43 to Fitzgibbons' 17.27.

Defending event champion Stephanie Gilmore continued her run of form moving into the semifinals after beating Rebecca Woods in quarterfinal No 1.

Gilmore looked smooth and powerful on her two best waves, a 7.93 and 7.33, amassing a total of 15.26. Wave selection proved the difference, with Woods scoring 7.77 and 5.0 on her two waves.

Gilmore will meet Courtney Conlogue in the first semifinal this morning, followed by Coco Ho up against Fitzgibbons in the other semifinal.

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DAY TWO RESULTS

Round three Heat one: S. Gilmore 1, C. Conlogue 2, R. Woods 3. Heat two: C. Moore 1, L. Enever 2, B. Buitendag 3. Heat three: M. Manuel 1, C. Ho 2, T. Wright 3. Heat four: S Fitzgibbons 1, L. Peterson 2, S. Erickson 3.

Round four Heat one: R. Woods 1, B. Buitendag 2. Heat two: C. Conlogue 1, L. Enever 2. Heat three: C. Ho 1, S. Erickson 2. Heat four: L. Peterson 1, T. Wright 2.

Quarterfinals Heat one: S. Gilmore 1, R. Woods 2. Heat two: C. Conlogue 1, C. Moore 2. Heat three: C. Ho 1, M. Manuel 2. Heat four: S. Fitzgibbons 1, L. Peterson 2

- Taranaki Daily News

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