FITZROY, Taranaki/New Zealand (Friday, April 16, 2010) – Punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves are cracking along the black sand beach at Fitzroy today, providing the backdrop for the final day of the TSB Bank Women's Surf Fest, set to commence at 9:15am.
Event No. 3 on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour, the TSB Bank Surf Fest saw an action-packed Round 3 go down at Fitzroy yesterday, where reigning three-time ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, suffered a shock elimination at the hands of wildcard Sarah Mason (NZL), 15, and the youngster will meet long Kiwi ASP Dream Tour representative Paige Hareb (NZL), 19, in Quarterfinal 2.
"The wind is still a bit onshore and we're waiting for the tide to fill in so we'll be commencing at 9:15am," Dave Shipley, ASP Head Judge said. "We have some exciting match-ups for the final day of competition and look forward to some good surfing."
Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, 2010 ASP Women's World Tour rookie, will face current ASP Women's World No. 2 Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27, in the opening Quarterfinal this morning
The TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival will be webcast LIVE via nzsurffestival.co.nz.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
TSB BANK WOMEN'S SURF FESTIVAL QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
QF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Sarah Mason (NZL)
QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
QF 4: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)