Maui Pro gets underway

Fitzgibbons eliminated by Hennessy in second round at Honolua Bay

Brisa Hennessy of Oahu competes Wednesday during the first round of the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay. Hennessy, a wild-card entry, defeated World Surf League women’s tour points leader Sally Fitzgibbons in the second round. World Surf League / Kelly Cestari photos

The Maui News

After four days of waiting, the Maui Women’s Pro got started Wednesday at Honolua Bay, and it wasn’t long before a huge upset had a major effect on the race for the World Surf League women’s world championship title.

Oahu’s Brisa Hennessy, a wild-card entry into this final stop on the women’s world tour, scored an 8.50 on a late wave to knock off Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons in the second round 11.83-6.67, eliminating the current points leader from world title contention.

After Hennessy took the lead, Fitzgibbons waited for another good wave to arrive, but it never came.

“It’s such a tough set of circumstances just sitting there at the end and in my head I had that vision you get in the movies where that wave comes,” Fitzgibbons said. “I really felt it was going to happen, but it didn’t. … I’m proud of myself and my team at the end of the day, and it was up to the ocean at the end, but it wasn’t my day.”

Tyler Wright, the defending world and Maui Women’s Pro champion, competes in the first round Wednesday.

Fellow Aussie Tyler Wright, last year’s world champion and Honolua winner, and California’s Courtney Conlogue are now in the best position to win the title, needing only a Maui Pro victory to clinch the championship. Oahu’s Carissa Moore and Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore are also mathematically in contention.

Wright and Gilmore had the best heat scores of the day, each posting a 17.14 in the second round. Wright had the best ride, a 9.87, in her second-round heat.

Next call is scheduled for this morning at 7:30.

World Surf League Maui Women’s Pro

Wednesday’s Results

At Honolua Bay

First Round

Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.50, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.50, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.00.

Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.93, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.83, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.83.

Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.03, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 7.13, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 2.10.

Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.57, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.24, Laura Enever (AUS) 5.40.

Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.20, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.00, Keely Andrew (AUS) 4.73.

Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.60, Sage Erickson (USA) 9.16, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.86.

Second Round

Heat 1: Ho 13.40, Defay 9.07.

Heat 2: Van Dijk 13.23, Ado 9.07.

Heat 3: Hennessy 11.83, Fitzgibbons 6.67.

Heat 4: Gilmore 16.74, Enever 6.87.

Heat 5: Macaulay 12.07, Erickson 7.24.

Heat 6: Weston-Webb 13.17, Andrew 12.16.

Third Round

Heat 1: Gilmore 17.14, Peterson 15.76, Hennessy 7.00.

Heat 2: Wright 17.14, Ho 14.60, Lima 13.20.

Heat 3: Manuel 14.74, Conlogue 14.30, Weston-Webb 11.45.

Heat 4: Macaulay 13.27, Moore 12.17, Van Dijk 10.20.

Fourth-Round Matchups

Heat 1: Peterson vs. Lima.

Heat 2: Ho vs. Hennessy.

Heat 3: Conlogue vs. Van Dijk.

Heat 4: Moore vs. Weston-Webb.