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With a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, it was time to kick off Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women’s event...

Number-one seed, Joanne Defay survived a scare in the latest women's division round of the Billabong World Junior Surfing Championships on Australia’s Gold Coast, with the ratings leader being bundled into reperchage Round 2 by Aussie surfing sisters and event wildcards, Ellie-Jean and Holly-Sue Coffey.

The nine-day tournament which decides the mens and womens ASP World Junior Champions, continued in clean one-metre waves at the iconic Burleigh Heads, and the Coffey sisters had the title contender on the ropes for their entire 30-minute Round 1 clash.

“It’s good to surf against my sister, but it’s also nerve racking because if she beat me she’d never let me live it down,” Ellie-Jean Coffey said. “I’m so thankful to Billabong for giving me the wildcard into this event, I’ve got no pressure and nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

Defay later survived a sudden-death Round 2 against fellow Frenchwoman Maud Le Car to advance to Round 3 and keep her title hopes alive, but the number-one seed has again drawn a wildcard - a repeat match-up against Holly-Sue.

It was business as usual in the other heats, with the top-rated surfers taking commanding wins.

New Zealand’s Sarah Mason put on a dominant Round 1 performance, scoring a massive heat total of 17.96 (out of a possible 20) against Hawaii’s Nage Melamed and Brazil’s Juliana Meneghel.

Number two seed, Leila Hurst from Hawaii also advanced comfortably to Round 3, winning her heat on 14.73 points and has now drawn Australia’s Eden Putland.

“I feel like I’ve got a bit of pressure on me at the moment, but I’m trying to keep it under control and have fun,” Hurst said. “I’ve had a lot of trouble getting waves out here over the past few days, but after spending some time in the line-up I feel like I know where to sit to get the good ones now, so that helped.”

Hurst’s fellow Hawaiian, Alessa Quizon used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today, defeating South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag and Australia’s Philippa Anderson who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Every heat of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast is webcast live via www.billabongpro.com

Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.96, Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.73, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 8.67
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.44, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.33
Heat 3: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 12.83, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 12.03, Joanne Defay (FRA) 7.57
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.73, Eden Putland (AUS) 8.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.97
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.23, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.33
Heat 6: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 18.53, Quincy Davis (USA) 13.43, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.50

Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.90, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.76, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.13
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.76, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33 Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 6.17


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