Bevilacqua had a good practice before the event and is in form. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

The Boardmasters, Cornwall resumed in cleaner two-foot surf under a bright Cornish sun and saw competitors from almost all divisions take part in the second day of competition.

Women QS athletes then took over proceedings with the opening two rounds of competition disputed in fun surf.

Today marked the return to competition of Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 33, a former Championship Tour competitor, who had put her professional surfing career on hold for the past few years. The talented western Australian opened her Boardmasters campaign in fantastic fashion with a solid win to advance into the next round.

“The conditions are really really fun I’m actually blown away by how good the waves are, it’s even been quite solid before the event,” she stated. “I turned pro when I was 16 and have been on the road since I was a kid so I just needed a break. I stayed at home for a few years, did some coaching and built a house. Now I’m just excited to travel again and have fun, there’s no pressure, no sponsors stressing me out it’s been great.”

Current European N°10 Ainara Aymat (EUK), 19, belted the day’s highest single-wave score, an impressive 8.17 to advance into Round 3 in pole position. Fresh off a quarterfinals result in Portugal, the Basque surfer will look to build on her season tally and capitalize on the absence of some of the top regional surfers.

Aymat read the lineup best today and found some gems. – WSL / Laurent Masurel

“I found it a little bit hard with the wind and small waves but still fun for my first visit to Newquay,” she commented. “I got that great wave and got the chance to perform three turns so I’m happy with the excellent score.”

In the afternoon, men longboarders entered their final regional event of the season, and while the European title was decided at the previous stop in Galicia, surfers went out just as motivated to conquer the coveted Boardmasters trophy.

More information on the full festival lineup is available at boardmasters.co.uk.

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The Boardmasters, Cornwall are scheduled from August 10-14, 2016 at Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

The Boardmasters, Cornwall are supported by Surfers Against Sewage, Carve Mag, Corona, Relentless, Cornish Orchid, The Stable and MagicSeaWeed among others.

Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Valeria Patriarca (ITA), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Sara Taylor (USA)
Heat 2: Lucy Campbell (GBR), Reika Noro (JPN), Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR), Emily Currie (GBR)
Heat 3: Ellie Turner (GBR), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Peony Knight (GBR), Denver Young (AUS)
Heat 4: India Robinson (AUS), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Vittoria Farmer (AUS)

Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.90, Reika Noro (JPN) 11.60, Mirna Boelsma (NDL) 7.74, Ellen Harding (GBR) 6.47
Heat 2: Ainara Aymat (EUK) 13.37, Emily Currie (GBR) 7.87, Tehillah McGuinness (ZAF) 5.30, Hannah Bristow (GBR) 4.47
Heat 3: Lucy Campbell (GBR) 8.56, Valeria Patriarca (ITA) 5.03, Tina Beresford (GBR) 3.97, Karelle Poppke (PYF) NS
Heat 4: Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 7.90, Sara Taylor (USA) 7.26, Flora Lawton (GBR) 7.23, Mischa Maguire (GBR) 4.73
Heat 5: Ellie Turner (GBR) 10.20, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.64, Valentina Vitale (ITA) 7.57, Laura Crane (GBR) 7.23
Heat 6: Peony Knight (GBR) 9.03, Vittoria Farmer (AUS) 7.76, Grace Doyle (IRL) 3.66, October Hamlyn-Wright (GBR) 1.57
Heat 7: India Robinson (AUS) 11.00, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 7.97, Arianna Mattei (ITA) 2.90, Jessie Tuckman (GBR) 1.50
Heat 8: Chelsea Roett (BRB) 10.50, Denver Young (AUS) 8.40, Georgia Timson (GBR) 6.00, Emily Williams (GBR) 4.30

Heat 1: Ellen Harding (GBR) 8.50, Mischa Maguire (GBR) 4.96, Rachel Cosier (GBR) 4.33
Heat 2: Ellie Turner (GBR) 11.60, Georgia Timson (GBR) 7.13, Bethan Lewis (GBR) 3.50

Heat 1: Francesca Rubegni (ITA), Beth Leighfield (GBR), Natsumi Taoka (JPN)
Heat 2: Katrina Beddoe (GBR), Josie Pearce (GBR), Lucy Small (AUS)
Heat 3: Phoebe Gould (JEY), Jennifer Pendlebury (GBR), Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
Heat 4: Felicia Vergara (REU), Tamara Helbling (CHE), Lindsay Steinriede (USA)