SHOWS: BELLS BEACH, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 22, 2019) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) WOMEN: 1.
STEPHANIE GILMORE (AUS) IN ROUND 1 ACTION (2 SHOTS) 2.
GILMORE WALKING UP STEPS AFTER COMPETING 3.
COCO HO (USA) IN ROUND 1 ACTION (2 SHOTS) 4.
HO WALKING ON THE BEACH 5.
NIKKI VAN DYK (AUS) IN ROUND 1 ACTION 6.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NIKKI VAN DYK SAYING: "Yeah, I mean definitely winning, you know, to get the better seed in the next round is like pretty important or the top seed in your bracket so yeah, I think it gives a lot of room to like for people to go for it, obviously the girls like every heat is so stacked that you never know what's going to happen so that's always really exciting." 7.
TATIANA WESTON-WEBB (BRA) IN ROUND 1 ACTION (2 SHOTS) 8.
WESTON-WEBB WALKING UP STEPS MEN: 8.
KANOA IGARASHI (JPN) IN ROUND 1 ACTION (2 SHOTS) 9.
IGARASHI SITTING ON BEACH STORY: The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second event of the 2019 World Surf League Championship tour, resumed on Monday (April 22) when the waves returned after three days.
With waves reaching 1.2 - 1.5 metres at Winkipop, the event's backup site next to Bells Beach, the remaining heats from rounds 1 and 2 were completed.
Seven-times World Surf League champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia struggled with wave selection against compatriots Kobie Enright and Bronte Macaulay in round 1 but found her rhythm to post two solid scores for a total of 15.33 points.
Gilmour will advance directly to the round of 16 where she will again face Enright.
Also through to round 3 is American Coco Ho who secured a commanding win over three-times World Surf League champion Carissa Moore of the USA and former rookie of the year Keely Andrew of Australia.
Ho will next compete against France's Johanne Defay.
Australia's Nikki Van Dijk defeated American Lakey Peterson and Paige Hareb of New Zealand in round 1, scoring 12.66.
Van Dijk progressed straight to the round of 16 where she will take on Courtney Conlogue of the USA.
Tatiana Weston-Webb of Brazil also reached the third round scoring 14.00 in round 1 after beating Macy Callaghan of Australia and American Malia Manuel.
In the men's competition, Japan's Kanoa Igarashi scored 10.46 in round 1 to advance to the round of 16 where he will be up against Adrian Buchan.
(Production: Annette Faydenko)