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Gilmore, Wright reach US surfing quarters

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016

Australia's leading women's surfing world title hope Tyler Wright has advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open in California.

However her chief rival for the crown, Courtney Conlogue of the USA, also ensured her path to the final eight with the performance of the day.

In swells of less than 1m, Conlogue was at her best in her home town, narrowly edging out Australian Laura Enever with a combined score of 14.90.

Wright, sitting second on the leader's board and marginally behind Conlogue, then dominated her heat against fellow Australian Keely Andrew and Malia Manuel of Hawaii, posting wave scores of 7.17 and 6.10.

It keeps her hopes alive of a fourth event victory of the season after she also won her opening round heat.

"This is such a different type of wave than I am used to. We do not get these type of waves at home," Wright said.

"I came here about a month ago to train specifically because I am a heavy-footed surfer."

The pair will be joined in the quarter-finals by fellow Australian Stephanie Gilmore and Lakey Peterson of the United States.

Meanwhile Enever, Andrew and 2011 US Open champion Sally Fitzgibbons will make up the trio of Australians in the fourth round when surfing resumes on Thursday (Friday AEST), after they finished second in their third-round heats.

Hawaiian Carissa Moore, who is third in the world rankings, will also be forced to do it the hard way through the fourth round after she finished last in her third-round heat.

The US Open is the sixth stopover on the 10-event women's tour.

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