O’Neill Girls at Bells Beach Australia

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Photo: Ryan Miller

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (April 3rd & 4th, 2012) – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta is the second stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour. The opening rounds offered up clean three-to-four foot waves where O’Neill Girls team riders Malia Manuel and Sage Erickson scored well.

Malia started the second round strong with a powerful 6.17 and followed it through with executed snaps and carves. Malia got the second-highest heat total of Round two with a 14.87. Yea girl! Here’s what Malia had to say:

“There are so many faces to Bells,” Manuel said. “The Bowl is an interesting wave to figure out, but I’m happy there were enough waves for the two of us. I think [round three] will be a good round. No one loses out completely, so it’s kind of like a go-for-it round.”

Malia Manuel, Round 1. Photo: Ryan Miller
Malia Manuel, Round 1. Photo: Ryan Miller

Sage Erickson. Photo: Ryan Miller

Sage fell short in her round 2 heat but put on a solid performance. She will be headed straight to New Zealand for the next world tour event and look to better her performance at Bells.

Sage Erickson, Round 2. Photo: Ryan Miller
Sage Erickson, Round 1. Photo: Ryan Miller
Sage Ericson, Round 1. Photo: Ryan Miller
Sage Erickson. Photo: Ryan Miller
Malia Manuel. Photo: Ryan Miller

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.66 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.74
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.87 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 6.67
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.23
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.27 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.64
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.00 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17
Heat 6: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.34 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.20

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Sarah Mason (NZL)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Lakey Peterson (USA)

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