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The first heat of the Quarterfinals was a battle of two power surfers, two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and young talent Gabriela Bryan (HAW). They opened the match with an exciting exchange, each posting solid scores, Wright an 8.00 and Bryan a 7.83. Wright then increased her lead, hammering several huge turns to earn another excellent score an 8.07. Bryan was left chasing a big score as time ran out. Wright will now make her fifth Semifinal appearance of the season.

Tyler Wright. Beatriz Ryder/WSL

“I kinda just slowed it down out there, this wave is trickier to figure out than I thought,” said Wright. “This is my first time here. I'm just sticking with my process and slowing things down a bit and also enjoying it. It's a fun wave and when they come through you get pretty excited.”

Gabriela Bryan. Beatriz Ryder/WSL