It was a bit of a rough day for the Australians at the women’s US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, with only Tyler Wright advancing through to the third rounf.
The Lennox Head local managed to fight off fellow Australian Nikki Van Dijk and Chelsea Tuach in heat 4 of the opening round, with a heat total of 11.93.
Van Dijk was only just behind her with a total of 11.46 despite having the highest wave of the heat – a 6.83.
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Sally Fitzgibbons was the first big name to hit the water, taking on Keely Andrew and Malia Manuel in the opening heat of the day.
But luck didn’t appear to be on Fitzgibbon’s side, losing to Manuel by 0.64.
And the bad luck didn’t stop there for the Australians.
Laura Enever lost her opening heat as well as Tweed Heads surfer Stephanie Gilmore.
Gilmore just couldn’t get the score needed to outclass Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb, who scored the highest heat score of the day – a 15.20.
Gilmore, FItzgibbons, Van Dijk, Enever and Andrew will all have to battle it out in the elimination round 2 heats when the event gets back underway.