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Chelsea Hedges dominating Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach

April 2, 2010 | 10:26 am

Chelsea Hedges was a standout again at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach.

Australia's Chelsea Hedges continues to dominate the competition at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, the second event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.

On challenging 1- to 2-foot waves through the Bells Bowl and the Rincon section at Bells Beach, Australia, Hedges again posted the highest heat total of the day, scoring 14.54 out of a possible 20 to dispatch South Africa's Rosanne Hodge and advance to the quarterfinals.

"It’s tricky out there; you really got to pick the right waves that wall up," Hedges, the 2005 Women's Tour champion, said. "I got a right one and a couple others, but sort of got caught on top of the wave a little bit. I sat and waited and I didn’t really have a good backup wave, but I guess it was just enough to get through. It’s impossible to hear out there -- you don’t know what’s going on."

It was the top seeds who dominated the proceedings throughout the day, winning eight of eight heats while contending with inconsistent waves and tricky onshore winds.

Stephanie Gilmore, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, survived a close-fought heat against fellow Australian Tyler Wright. Wright, 16, who holds an ASP record as the youngest surfer in history to win an elite event, has beaten Gilmore in the past and was a real threat in the day's competition.

"I was actually just waiting for a wave," Gilmore, 22,  said. "It was such a hard heat -- pretty disappointing for both of us, I think. There were some big mistakes made by both of us, and I guess it cost Tyler the heat in the end. They’re not the kind of heats that you want to have to build confidence moving into the next round, so it was a bit of a bummer, but I got through so I guess I got the better end of the deal."

Brazil's Silvana Lima, last year's event winner, also found conditions difficult but still beat 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Nikita Robb from South Africa to advance.

"Conditions are a lot like home in Brazil, really bumpy. It’s not often really perfect waves," Lima said. "But yes, it’s fun out there. Not really good, but it’s not that bad. You can’t do a lot of maneuvers. It’s pretty hard out there to get a really good one."

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop for the ASP World Tour Top 45 men, has yet to commence competition, but will look to get underway as soon as the optimal conditions present themselves.

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Round 3 results:

Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.47 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 10.93
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.83 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.80
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.87 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.23
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.60
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.00 def. Nikita Robb (ZAF) 8.34
Heat 6: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 14.54 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.33
Heat 7: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.17 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 9.67
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.17 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.44
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach quarterfinal match-ups:

Quarterfinal 1: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Quarterfinal 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
Quarterfinal 4: Melanie Bartels (HAW) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 match-ups:

Heat 1: Dane Reynolds (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Campbell (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Robertson (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 13: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Brett Simpson (AUS)
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Owen Wright (AUS), Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 16: Dean Morrison (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS), Roy Powers (HAW)
-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Chelsea Hedges was a standout again at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach. Credit: © Scholtz / ASP

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