Tweed girls move up in Roxy Pro
TWEED girls Stephanie Gilmore and Chelsea Hedges are through to round five of the Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks after impressive performances on Saturday.
Reigning four-time world champion Gilmore bounced back after an uncharacteristic round one loss to dispatch wildcard Sarah Mason in round two, before exacting revenge upon tour rookies Tyler Wright and Laura Enever.
“It was a hard heat,” Gilmore said.
“It doesn’t get any easier now.”
Recovering from both an extended stay out of the line-up earlier this year and a round one loss where she was upstaged by Wright, Gilmore’s performances provided a much-needed rejuvenation for Australia’s golden girl.
“I definitely feel some relief,” she said.
“It’s just such a giant mixed of emotions.
“There are nerves still because I made some mistakes in that last heat. I guess it’s learning again.
“Every year is like starting again and this year with the time off because of the injury I feel like I’m starting at the back of the pack.
“It’s cool though, I kind of enjoy that. It’s something to work towards and it’s a good challenge.”
Hedges, the 2005 world champion, opened her account on Saturday with victory over Hawaiian Alana Blanchard in round two, before accounting for Carissa Moore and Jacqueline Silva.
Hedges capped off the day’s action with the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.17 out of a possible 10, awarded for a sensational backhand attack on the biggest set of the day.