Australian Wright, the 18-year-old World Championship Tour number one, reached her third consecutive WCT final this year.
The young natural-footer closed her day out with a semi-final win over Courtney Conlogue in pumping four-to-six foot waves at Bells Beach in Victoria.
“That was my fourth surf of the day so I am exhausted,” Wright said.
“Courtney has been impressive all day and I knew it was going to be a battle on my hands. Fortunately I had a strong start because Courtney came back in a big way towards the end and had opportunity on her last wave if she didn’t fall. Great heat and let’s see what tomorrow brings.”
Moore, the 2011 world champion, closed out the day’s action with one of the highest-scoring bouts in women’s surfing history against Lakey Peterson. The 20-year-old Hawaiian edged the Californian powerhouse 18.67 to 18.5.
“I’m so proud to be a part of women’s surfing right now,” Moore said. “Everyone was so inspiring today. The waves pumped, the girls ripped. It’s just a really really exciting time for women’s surfing and we’re really fortunate to have such great waves for this event.
Moore will now face Wright in a rematch from the previous event’s final in Western Australia won by Moore.
“Back-to-back finals for me and Tyler (Wright),” Moore said. “It’s really cool and we both have one event win each this season so we’ll really be fighting hard to get the second win of the year. She’s surfing really well so it will be a good battle.”
The morning saw reigning five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore confirm a small fracture of a bone in her left foot, sustained in her round one heat on Thursday.
Gilmore proceeded to surf through three rounds of competition, posting mammoth scores before falling agonisingly close to Wright in the quarter-finals.
WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH
ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 18.20 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 7.50
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.67 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 6.20
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.33 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.20
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.80 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.00
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.90 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 15.00
Heat 6: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.33 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.17
ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.54, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.97, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.83
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.83, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.90, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.18
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.50, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.10, Alana Blanchard (AUS) 6.76
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.00, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.44, Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.84
ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL) 15.03 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.63
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.80 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.37
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.32 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.17
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.74 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 9.87
QF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.10 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 16.93
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.87 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.83
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.37 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.77
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.43 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.10
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.67 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.73
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.50
MEN'S PRO BELLS BEACH
ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jack Perry (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Oney Anwar (IDN)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
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