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The inaugural Barbados Surf Pro is in the history books.

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The inaugural Barbados Surf Pro is in the history books. Congratulations to Keanu Asing our Men’s Champion and Shane Campbell, the runner-up. And, to Claire Bevilacqua our Women’s Champion and Alessa Quizon, the runner-up.

The wind-swell backed off a touch for the start of today, still delivering really fun 2-3’ rip-able waves at Drill Hall Beach. But, by Finals time it turned on for the highest combined heat score of the event between Keanu and Shane.

The highest Heat Score and Wave Score in the Men’s today were by Keanu Asing, a 19.50 and a 10.00 in the Final.

The highest Heat Score and Wave Score in the Women’s today were by Claire Bevilacqua, a 17.04 and a 8.87 in Semi-final 2.

Historic Finals day called on Barbados surf pro qs3,000

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– women’s quarterfinals up first, followed by men’s quarterfinals
– first-ever Qualifying Series champions on barbadian shores set to be crowned
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DRILL HALL BEACH, Barbados (Sunday, April 16, 2017) – Finals day at the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 has been called ON for women’s Quarterfinals bouts to start the day. North America Tour Manager, Brian Robbins, and event organizers arrived to more waves coming through at Drill Hall Beach for a champion to be crowned.

“Today is a huge day for the community and island of Barbados as a whole to see who wins this inaugural title,” Robbins said. “We’ll start with women’s Quarterfinals and then go right into the men’s with that same rotation until the Final. The waves are still looking good and everyone’s set to crown our champions by the end of the day.”

Former women’s Championship Tour (CT) competitor Alesa Quizon (HAW) will face-off against local Barbadian talent Chelsea Roett (BRB).

Fellow Barbardos-native Chelsea Tuach (BRB) must deal with 17-year-old Hawaiian threat Brisa Hennessy (HAW) in Quarterfinal, Heat 4 to wrap up the women’s action.

Yesterday’s breakout performer Shane Campbell (AUS) is pitted against one of the QS’s elite, Santiago Muniz (ARG) to kick off the men’s Quarterfinals.

In Quarterfinal, Heat 3, the Barbadian’s last men’s hope Josh Burke (BRB) must overcome an in-form Evan Geiselman (USA). 

Tune in live at  www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App to stream the event on your mobile device, and see who will earn their Quarterfinal spots by day’s end.

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) vs. Santiago Muniz (ARG)
QF 2: Bino Lopes (BRA) vs. Rafael Teixeira (BRA)
QF 3: Josh Burke (BRB) vs. Evan Geiselman (USA)
QF 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nomme Mignot (FRA)

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Chelsea Roett (BRB)
QF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Holly Wawn (AUS)
QF 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Tessa Thyssen (BLM)
QF 4: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)

VITAL DAY OF COMPETITION DETERMINES QUARTERFINALISTS AT BARBADOS SURF OPEN PRO QS3,000

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– STACKED FIELD OF BOTH MEN AND WOMEN NARROWED DOWN TO EIGHT
– FIRST-EVER QUALIFYING SERIES FINALS DAY IN BARBADOS SET
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Caption: Nomme Mignot (FRA) earned his first finals day appearance with a big Round Five win at the Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000.
Credit: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

DRILL HALL BEACH, Barbados (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – A vital day of action unfolded at the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 with both men and women’s Quarterfinal draws decided in improved conditions at Drill Hall Beach. Women’s Round Four, along with men’s Rounds Four and Five, were completed as competitors posted more near-perfect scores and terrific performances. The final day of competition is locked in and two champions will be crowned by tomorrow afternoon for Barbados’ historic, first-ever QS event.

Holly Wawn (AUS) annihilated the line up at Drill Hall Beach with a massive 9.77 (out of a possible 10) for the highest single-scoring wave of the women’s event. The Australian has found her groove throughout this contest, posting an 8.33 in her opening Round Two heat and continued to show that form today in Round Four.

“It was really fun and I definitely got fortunate with a couple of waves under priority with Tia [Blanco] making that first mistake where I got my seven,” Wawn said. “The next one I thought Philippa [Anderson] had and then I just snuck in which ended up being my 9.77 so it’s good to just be paying attention, as well as know the situations. It’s important out there with it being smaller on a break like this to have that mindset and just stay with it. It’s great to make a Quarter, but I really want to make a Final and get those bigger points to set myself up for a good run this year.”

Chelsea Tuach (BRB) has been relentless at her homebreak and posted an 8.50 in her stacked Round Four bout alongside Round Three standout Tessa Thyssen (BLM), French competitor Maud Le Car (FRA), and wildcard selection threat, Kirra Pinkerton (USA). Tuach has already claimed a win earlier this year at the Shoe City Pro QS1,000 and has found her rhythm once again.

“I just had to be aware out there and stay busy since it was a little trickier this morning, but I got a good wave to start and that gave me some confidence,” Tuach said. “I’m feeling really good and it feels great to be moving through rounds with big scores — the nerves are gone and now I’m just excited. This momentum is so key and it’s going to be an action-packed day tomorrow that won’t be easy, every heat is just stacked which is what makes it so exciting. Just like at the Shoe City Pro, I needed to find that momentum through rounds and here I know I can make it all the way — I just have to stay focused.”

An in-form Alessa Quizon (HAW) looked dangerous once again with another heat win to advance through to the Quarterfinals. The Hawaiian needs a result here after two early exits at the QS6,000s Australian leg, but could be on her way to a 3,000-point jumpstart here in Barbados with her 2017 outlook dialed in.

“I haven’t made a finals day this year so far which is nice to break that curse, no matter what the points are it’s just nice to make it to the last day,” Quizon said. “It definitely helps knowing what waves you need to look for since the smaller ones lined up better in that heat, so I’ll be cautious of that in the next one. I almost forgot what it was like to surf on my forehand and I know I’m faster on it than my backhand — it’s nice to find that speed and it’ll all come back to me.”

Also, Chelsea Roett (BRB), Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Caroline Marks (USA) and Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) join the action in tomorrow’s Quarterfinals.

A massive day of men’s action followed with the completion of Rounds Four and Five — and big performances followed to set up stacked Quarterfinal bouts.

Sydney, Australia’s Shane Campbell (AUS) ripped apart a heavyweight Round Five matchup with top QS performer Bino Lopes (BRA), and two of the event’s standouts Mateus Herdy (BRA) and Peterson Crisanto (BRA). Campbell has his goals set for 2017 and a big result here would put him on track to attain them, but now must endure a big finals day in Barbados.

“I don’t know if it’s the size, but it seemed to be bowling up a bit better and we had heaps of waves in that heat so I’m stoked,” Campbell said. “I saw that heat before I went in and every one of them is stacked here, you look at who’s left and there hasn’t been an easy heat all event — I was looking forward to it actually. After my Round Four heat I told myself I wanted to get above a sixteen-point heat total because I knew that’s what it takes to win these later rounds. To get that 9.23 just gave me a lot of confidence and I can’t wait to get it going tomorrow for my first finals day this year.”

Nomme Mignot (FRA) finished off Round Five with an electric performance over a massive heat including yesterday’s near-perfect surfer Evan Geiselman (USA), Round Four standout Flavio Nakagima (BRA) and the powerful Weslley Dantas (BRA). Mignot’s strong forehand outmatched that of runner-up Geiselman as both advance to tomorrow’s Quarterfinals — the first finals day of Mignot’s 2017 and one he doesn’t want to go to waste.

“It feels so good to be in the finals day again after over a year of waiting and to make it a QS3,000 is an amazing feeling,” Mignot said. “I’m really happy to have won this heat and make it to man-on-man tomorrow, I feel much more comfortable to only have one other guy out there instead of hassling with four guys who all rip. I know I can do well if I just stay positive and just surf as good as I can, but it will come down to who can find the best waves and just perform.”

An in-form Rafael Teixeira (BRA), alongside fellow Brazilian Bino Lopes (BRA), former CT competitor Keanu Asing (HAW), and local Barbadian Josh Burke (BRB) joing  Mignot, Campbell and Geiselman in the Quarterfinals.

Event organizers will reconvene for tomorrow’s 7:30 a.m. EDT call to determine an 8:00 a.m. start for either men’s or women’s Quarterfinal draws.

Tune in live tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. to witness history at the Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 as the first-ever champions will be crowned on the shores of Drill Hall Beach. Go to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive updates on your mobile device.

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) vs. Santiago Muniz (ARG)
QF 2: Bino Lopes (BRA) vs. Rafael Teixeira (BRA)
QF 3: Josh Burke (BRB) vs. Evan Geiselman (USA)
QF 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nomme Mignot (FRA)

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Chelsea Roett (BRB)
QF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Holly Wawn (AUS)
QF 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Tessa Thyssen (BLM)
QF 4: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)

Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Caroline Marks (USA) 13.90, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 10.66, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 8.20
Heat 2: Holly Wawn (AUS) 17.10, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 15.17, Tia Blanco (USA) 14.60, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.60
Heat 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.93, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 12.10, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.10, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 6.07
Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 16.17, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 13.60, Maud Le Car (FRA) 8.27, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 5.40

Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Five Results:
Heat 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) 17.23, Bino Lopes (BRA) 16.43, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.34, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 12.17
Heat 2: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 15.74, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 11.17, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.66, Seth Moniz (HAW) 7.50
Heat 3: Josh Burke (BRB) 15.70, Keanu Asing (HAW) 15.66, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.90, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 12.43
Heat 4: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.03, Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.93, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 14.83, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 13.77

Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.87, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 12.36, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 9.80, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 7.10
Heat 2: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 14.60, Soli Bailey (AUS) 15.54, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 13.54, Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.64
Heat 3: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 17.00, Shane Campbell (AUS) 14.33, Andy Criere (ESP) 11.57, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.50
Heat 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) 15.83, Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.66, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 12.17, Mikey Wright (AUS) 9.30
Heat 5: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.84, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.83, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 10.66, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.36
Heat 6: Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 11.97, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 11.60, Bruce Mackie (BRB) 10.60, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 2.23
Heat 7: Evan Geiselman (USA) 15.70, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 15.50, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.50, Luel Felipe (BRA) 9.33
Heat 8: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 15.63, Josh Burke (BRB) 15.50, Robson Santos (BRA) 15.03, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.83

Men’s round four has been called on at barbados surf pro qs3,000

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– Women’s Round four is on; Men’s round four set to follow
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DRILL HALL BEACH, Barbados (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – After a lay day, the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 has been called ON for women’s Round Four action with men’s Round Four set to follow. North America Tour Manager, Brian Robbins, and event organizers arrived early this morning to greatly improved conditions for the call.

“The waves are back this morning with much more consistency and the size we saw two days ago so we’re on right at eight o’clock,” Robbins said. “It’s a big day of competition and it was well worth the wait instead of forcing heats yesterday. We’re looking to run women’s Round Four, along with men’s Round Four and Five so everyone’s excited to get back underway with a lot talent in the draw.”

Former women’s Championship Tour (CT) competitor Alesa Quizon (HAW), Brittany Penaroza (HAW), Mikaela Greene (AUS) and Caroline Marks (USA) will battle for two spots into Round Five.

Finishing off women’s Round Four, local Barbadian, and Quizon’s former CT counterpart, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) is pitted in a stacked heat with Tessa Thyssen (BLM), wildcard selection Kirra Pinkerton (USA) and Maud Le Car (FRA).

Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG) and Hiroto Arai (JPN) will be the first in the water for men’s Round Four action.

Former men’s Dream Tour Keanu Asing (HAW) will be locked into a big matchup with Lucas Silveira (BRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA) and Michael Dunphy (USA) in Round Four, Heat 5.

Event standout Evan Geiselman (USA) is set to take on another former CT competitor Ricardo Christie (NZL), along with Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) and Luel Felipe (BRA) in Round Four, Heat 7.

Tune in live at www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App to stream the event on your mobile device, and see who will earn their Quarterfinal spots by day’s end.

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Round Four Matchups:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Brittany Penaroza (HAW), Mikaela Greene (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 2: Holly Wawn (AUS), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Philippa Anderson (AUS), Tia Blanco (USA)
Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Mahina Maeda (HAW), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Bailey Nagy (HAW)
Heat 4: Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Maud Le Car (FRA)

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Four Matchups:
Heat 1: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG), Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 3: Andy Criere (ESP), Rafael Teixeira (BRA), Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Shane Campbell (AUS)
Heat 4: Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Mikey Wright (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 5: Keanu Asing (HAW), Lucas Silveira (BRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 6: Bruce Mackie (BRB), Daiki Tanaka (JPN), Weslley Dantas (BRA), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 7: Evan Geiselman (USA), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 8: Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Robson Santos (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Josh Burke (BRB)

LAY DAY CALLED AT BARBADOS SURF PRO QS3,000

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MEN’S AND WOMEN’S ROUND FOUR ARE OFF FOR THE DAY; NEXT CALL AT 7:30 A.M. EDT TOMORROW
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DRILL HALL BEACH, Barbados (Tuesday, April 11, 2017) – A lay day has been called for the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000. After three days of consistent swell, conditions have slowed too much for competition to be called on and will have its next call at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, April 15.

“We’re not seeing enough waves like we have been the last few days to call it on today so both men and women will be off,” Robbins said. “The good news is that waves are still showing promise through the weekend with good direction and consistency. We’ll come back tomorrow morning and make another call to hopefully get men or women’s Round Four in the water.”

When action resumes, Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG) and Hiroto Arai (JPN) will be the first in the water for men’s Round Four.

On the women’s side, former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Alesa Quizon (HAW), Brittany Penaroza (HAW), Mikaela Greene (AUS) and Caroline Marks (USA) will battle for two spots into Round Five.

Go to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive updates on your mobile device, for more on the Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000.

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Round Four Matchups:
Heat 1: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG), Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 3: Andy Criere (ESP), Rafael Teixeira (BRA), Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Shane Campbell (AUS)
Heat 4: Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Mikey Wright (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 5: Keanu Asing (HAW), Lucas Silveira (BRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 6: Bruce Mackie (BRB), Daiki Tanaka (JPN), Weslley Dantas (BRA), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 7: Evan Geiselman (USA), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Luel Felipe (BRA)
Heat 8: Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Robson Santos (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Josh Burke (BRB)

Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Round Four Matchups:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Brittany Penaroza (HAW), Mikaela Greene (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 2: Holly Wawn (AUS), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Philippa Anderson (AUS), Tia Blanco (USA)
Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Mahina Maeda (HAW), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Bailey Nagy (HAW)
Heat 4: Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Maud Le Car (FRA)

NEAR-PERFECTION AND INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES ENSUE AT BARBADOS SURF OPEN PRO QS3,000

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– REMAINING MEN’S ROUND THREE HEATS FINISH WITH PHENOMENAL SURFING
– WOMEN’S ROUND THREE UNFOLDS WITH  NEARLY ALL TOP SEEDS DOMINATING
– MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Evan Geiselman (USA) started off his Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 in the best way possible with a near-perfect 9.87 on a massive rotation and Round Three heat win.
Credit: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

DRILL HALL BEACH, Barbados (Thursday, April 13, 2017) – An incredible day of action unfolded at the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000. Both men and women got back in the water and completed their respective Round Three bouts — and near-perfection ensued from the beginning. The majority of top seeds from both events showed their dominance and went to work on the two-to-four foot conditions at Drill Hall Beach in terrific fashion.

Evan Geiselman (USA) put on an immaculate display of surfing and earned the event’s best performance thus far with a near-perfect 9.87 (out of a possible 10) and 18.37 (out of a possible 20) heat total. The New Smyrna Beach, Florida-native blasted a tail-high rotation that had the beach cheering upon stomping the landing. Geiselmen came into this event with big aspirations, but relaxed mentality that seemed to pay off.

“In the beginning my tactic was just to start quick and get some waves under my belt, but if I’d known the heat was going to go like that I would’ve sat and waited for those bombs,” Geiselman said. “I felt comfortable in second after getting that 8.50 so I just wanted to let loose and got that last set at the end so it was fun. I’m looking forward to more waves like that and hopefully we keep getting them the rest of the event. The goal, like any event, but particularly these QS3,000’s, is to get a good result and I just want to keep getting heats in — you need all 3,000 points for a good keeper result at an event like this.”

Keanu Asing (HAW) started the day’s action with a brilliant performance of his own and earned a 9.00 en route to a debut win. The former Championship Tour (CT) competitor wants to get back there by season’s end, but must find a good result here to get back on track.

“The past few days have been a little smaller and gutless, but when we came here today it was actually in the form of a stronger wave so we were buzzing,” Asing said. “I was stoked to get on a few waves and really perform since that was only my third session out here. It was tough in the beginning just with no priority in the beginning as it goes, but putting the jersey on for the first time I was just trying to find my place in the lineup.”

“It’s funny because I grew up on the south side of Oahu surfing and we’re on the south side of the island here so for me it has that nice wind texture on the lip in the mornings,” Asing added. “It’s the island vibes here as well so it makes it feel like home. It’s key to kick things off good here and just press the restart button with finding my rhythm — having priority here unlike the Jack’s Pro event is huge and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.”

Native Barbadian Josh Burke (BRB) showed that he’s ready to make his home crowd proud with a Round Three victory in one of the tightest match ups on offer today. Only 1.76 separated fourth from first as Burke won with a 15.76 heat total. Burke’s opening rides earned him the lead and he did not relinquish it for the remaining fifteen minutes. Though he’s off to a slow start in 2017, a QS3,000 in his backyard is an opportunity he won’t let pass him by.

“I was just breathing while waiting for waves after that quick start, it was super stressful in that stacked heat,” Burke said. “Pretty much all of us dropped sevens in our big opening exchange so that was nerve-racking. After that quick start I just waited for a wave that would better my scores, but I started feeling really comfortable out there just with my local knowledge playing a huge factor. I really want a result, and I really need a result so to get one here at home would be pretty amazing. It’s great to have this event going and hopefully we get all the local supporters down here for a big weekend.”

After the men’s action, the women’s Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 got back underway in more fun conditions and massive performances from the top seeds followed.

Mikaela Greene (AUS) found near-perfection for a 9.50, the highest single-scoring wave, and added an 8.00 to secure the highest heat total of the women’s event thus far. Greene has been on the QS grind for a few years and awaits her big breakthrough win — though, the Australian doesn’t hold any pressure on herself moving forward here in Barbados.

“There’s some really fun waves out there and it’s just amazing they’re holding this competition here — you just have to keep your eyes open and take advantage,” Greene said. “It’s great to get a start like this, I’m basically just using these QS3,000’s as stepping stones so it’s great to get a little bit of experience under my belt. It helps get sorted for the QS6,000s and after a few third-place finishes in some QS1,000s at the start of the year, but I’ve had a couple rough heats in the higher-rated events. It’s all learning and I’m really excited to see how far I get in this one.”

The No. 1 seed Philippa Anderson (AUS) showed why she holds that position with a near-perfect 9.00 in her Round Three debut. Anderson has always been toward the top of the rankings, and nearly found herself in the qualification scenario — but is now in new territory with being the top seed here.

“It was super fun after waiting a few days to surf so it was great to get that out of the way,” Anderson said. “Everyday Paige [Hareb] and I would be out here early morning, do our routine, but then the guys would go so we’ve just had a good time playing tourist. It’s cool to be the top seed, but you have to look at it like any other event. There’s not a lot of pressure and I’m just trying enjoy it here. This is my first time here and it’s just amazing, even if I’d lost that first heat I would’ve loved this experience so it’s all uphill from here.”

Chelsea Tuach (BRB) rounded off a great day of competition with a win in Round Three, Heat 8. The Barbadian grew up on this wave and felt right in her element to secure a spot into Round Four. Last year’s CT rookie has a stacked field that include some of the women’s best QS surfers to deal with, but has her home crowd behind her every step of the way.

“The nerves have been building up so much just waiting to get in the water so it felt great to get in there and get on a couple,” Tuach said. “I feel really good, my boards feel great and it’s my homebreak — it just has a good, positive and inspiring energy around it with all my support on the beach. It was a bit surreal for me to see all the international competitors arriving in Barbados to compete here. It’s been something we’ve wanted for so long and it’s been going so smoothly. This is something that’s very inspiring to the Barbadians to see all these surfers come here and surf our break, we’re seeing the caliber we have to be at. I’m just really excited and can’t wait for the rest of the week to unfold.”

Event organizers will reconvene for tomorrow’s 7:30 a.m. EDT call to determine an 8:00 a.m. start for either the remainder of men’s Round Four or women’s Round Four.

Tune in live tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. to witness more action and for more information on the Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000, go to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive updates on your mobile device.

Remaining Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Three Results:
Heat 9: Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.50, Bruce Mackie (BRB) 13.33, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.93, Tomas Tudela (PER) 12.90
Heat 10:  Lucas Silveira (BRA) 13.33, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 10.40, Diego Mignot (FRA) 9.33, Brian Toth (PRI) 9.20
Heat 11: Weslley Dantas (BRA) 15.17, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 15.17, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.10, Shuji Nishi (JPN) 10.07
Heat 12: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)  15.00, Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.63, Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 12.43, Noah Schweizer (USA) 11.94
Heat 13: Evan Geiselman (USA) 18.37, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 15.90, Dane Mackie (BRB) 12.10, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) NS
Heat 14: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 13.76, Robson Santos (BRA) 13.26, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 13.23, Taylor Clark (USA) 11.30
Heat 15: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.13, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.36, Miguel Tudela (PER) 10.33, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 9.93
Heat 16: Josh Burke (BRB) 15.76, Luel Felpie (BRA) 15.56, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 15.17, Fraser Duvall (AUS) 14.50

Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Round Three Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.60, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 11.16, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 10.83, Nicole Fulford (USA) 9.67
Heat 2: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 17.50, Tia Blanco (USA) 13.73, Maddie Peterson (USA) 13.03, Rachel Presti (USA) 9.30
Heat 3: Holly Wawn (AUS) 15.33, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 10.93, Frankie Harrer (DEU) 10.66, Garazi Sanchez Ortun (ESP) 10.17
Heat 4: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 15.53, Caroline Marks (USA) 14.84, Nao Omura (JPN) 12.63, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 5.73
Heat 5: Brisae Hennessy (HAW) 15.76, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 14.40, Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.57,  Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 11.50
Heat 6: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.93, Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.33, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 8.57, Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 7.73
Heat 7: Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 15.03, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 12.33, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 12.07, Kayla Coscino (USA) 10.03
Heat 8: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 14.74, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 11.84, Brianna Cope (HAW) 10.43, Cassidy McClain (USA) 7.56