Billabong Azores Islands Pro begins

Courtney Conlogue managing her way to Round 3. ASP

The Billabong Azores Islands Pro began yesterday in small, two-to-three foot conditions. While the surf started out clean and consistent, the beginning rounds began to get messy and the competition took a six-hour break while the tide went out. World Tour standout Sally Fitzgibbons, currently ranked second in the world, will continue on to the upcoming third round with Tour pals, Claire Bevilacqua and Sofia Mulanovich.

Fitzgibbons earned the highest scored wave (8.5) in Round 2 and posted the highest heat score (15.93) in Round 1. Still, Pauline Ado of France Beat Fitzgibbons combined heat score, advancing ahead of the Australian into Round 3 (as the top two surfers advance in Round 2).
Tour hopefuls Courtney Conlogue and Laura Enever also qualified to continue to the next round. The women found that with sets far apart, the conditions made it difficult to advance.

"Definitely none of these heats are easy," Conlogue said to the ASP. "With these waves you really have to work twice as hard because you have the competitors who want to get through and then you have the waves as a factor as well so you just have to be where you need to be in each heat and hopefully you can get through."

The Billabong Azores Pro continues this week.

Heat 1: Joanne Defay (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
Heat 3: Nage Melamed (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 4: Laura Enever (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Cannelle Bulard (REU)

Heat 1: Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.00, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 8.90, Claudia Goncalves (BRA) 6.77, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 5.90
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.17, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.03, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 9.73, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 6.60
Heat 3: Nicola Atherton (AUS) 10.77, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.23, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.60, Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) 5.17
Heat 4: Nage Melamed (HAW) 14.40, Laura Enever (AUS) 13.24, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 9.70, Tarryn Chudleigh (ZAF) 5.50
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.00, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.74, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 10.64, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.77
Heat 6: Cannelle Bulard (REU) 11.50, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.00, Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.00, Sage Erickson (USA) 4.57

Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 14.84, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.73, Suelen Naraisa (BRA) 6.63, Anne Cecile Le Tallec (FRA) 4.53
Heat 2: Joanne Defay (FRA) 6.84, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.33, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 4.80
Heat 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.67, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 9.33, Freya Prumm (AUS) 5.27
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.93, Claudia Goncalves (BRA) 11.50, Francisca Santos (PRT) 3.13
Heat 5: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 12.67, Nage Melamed (HAW) 10.43, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 7.66, Amy Stewart (AUS) 6.00
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.57, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 8.87
Heat 7: Laura Enever (AUS) 7.00, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 6.83, Amandine Sanchez (FRA) 5.10
Heat 8: Tarryn Chudleigh (ZAF) 9.84, Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) 8.67, Paige Hareb (NZL) 6.53
Heat 9: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.57, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.70, Erica Hosseini (USA) 7.90, Carina Da Silva (PRT) 7.70
Heat 10: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.03, Sage Erickson (USA) 7.70, Joana Rocha (PRT) 3.43
Heat 11: Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.33, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 6.07, Lore Eizaguirre (EUK) 4.06, Sarah Beardmore (GBR) 3.96
Heat 12: Cannelle Bulard (REU) 9.67, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.97, Jessica Santorik (NZL) 5.40