TWEED Heads surfing Stephanie Gilmore will have more time to prepare for the next stop on the ASP World Tour, after being knocked out in the second round of the Rio Women’s Pro.
The five-time world surfing champion was a surprise early casualty at the fourth stop on the tour, losing in sudden death to wildcard Silvana Lima.
The Herald Sun reports, Gilmore was “pretty disappointed” at losing by less than half a point (15.43 to 15.10) at Rio’s Tijuca break.
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“When I saw Silvana in the draw I knew she would be dangerous because she’s hungry for a win and she’s been injured for a while,” Gilmore said.
“She’s also one of the few girls that can do airs consistently.”
“We go way back, we’ve had a couple of close world title races.”
Defending event champion and world No. 3 Tyler Wright from Lennox Head won her third-round heat to gain direct entry to the quarter-finals.
Countrywoman Sally Fitzgibbons (No. 4), ratings leader Carissa Moore of Hawaii and American Lakey Petersen (No. 8) also progressed.
Of the other Australians, Nikki Van Dijk and Laura Enever, will have to win their respective round-four heats to make the quarters.
In the men’s event, Gold Coast surfers Mick Fanning and Bede Durbidge along with American rival Kelly Slater ended up in the sudden death second round yesterday.
Slater was out-done by Gold Coast tour rookie, Mitch Crews.