Successive losses put Stoyle out of Roxy Pro
SUNSHINE Coast pair Keely Andrew and Dimity Stoyle have bowed out at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.
After stamping herself as a standout in the opening round, Stoyle was bundled out in her world tour debut after successive losses in round three and four yesterday.
Event wildcard Andrew put in a spirited showing but was defeated by three-time world tour runner-up Sally Fitzgibbons.
Stoyle looked like one of the competitors to beat after posting a 17.13 (out of 20) two-wave total in her opening heat last Saturday but failed to carry that form into yesterday's proceedings.
In round two she finished third behind Tyler Wright and Bianca Buitendag.
Then, as conditions deteriorated, she lost to Lakey Peterson 15.37 to 6.64 in the last heat of the day, falling short of a place in the quarter-finals.
Fitzgibbons, five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright are the only remaining Australians in the competition.
Gilmore, who will take on South Africa's Buitendag in the quarters, put in a dominant round three showing against Courtney Conlogue and Paige Hareb to progress to the round of eight.
"This is my favourite event of the year," Gilmore said.
"We get to be the only ones out there and the waves are insane. I get nervous and want to catch every single wave that comes through.
"Courtney (Conlogue) is dangerous so I knew I just had to put everything I had into it. I put 200% into every single turn and every single wave."
Coolum's Julian Wilson is still alive in the men's event, the Quiksilver Pro.
Wilson is due to face Mitch Crews when round three resumes.