The sun is shining on the first day of the women's main event at the surf festival at Fitzroy beach.
The Port Taranaki Pro kicked off around 9.30 this morning with some Taranaki talent making it through to the second round.
Zhana Hutchieson, Milicent Crewe and Thandi Tipene, all from Taranaki, made it through to round two of the ASP Women's six-star qualifying series this morning before being knocked out.
Hutchieson was knocked out by Lucy Callister and Ashlee Spence, both from Australia and Crewe was knocked out by Moana Jones of Hawaii and Gaby Sansom from New Zealand, who both advance to round three.
Tipene came up against some talent and was knocked out in round two by Sophia Bernard from Australia and Karelle Poppke from Tahiti.
In round three today former Taranaki surfer Sarah Mason will compete.
Hometown favourite Paige Hareb, New Zealand surfer Ella Williams, along with international talent Bethany Hamilton, Sage Erickson and Laura Enever will compete in round four.
Jarred Hancox, surf director of the The New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival said there was a chance the big name girls could be on the waves this afternoon.
"But there's also a chance we could start the girls' pro junior event," he said.
"We have great conditions for a contest this morning, but the tide does drop off in the arvo.
"It's a week day but there's a lot of spectators here, which is great because we have had a lot of bad weather and bad surf for the last few weeks and now we've got these awesome conditions," Hancox said.
Festival director Craig Williamson said the atmosphere at Fitzroy beach was great.
"It's fantastic down at the village. There's nice food and some good coffee...and the surf is really excellent today," he said.
- Taranaki Daily News
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