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This wasn't meant to happen, Nic Muscroft riding one of British shaper Luke Hart's models Down Under takes out Taj Burrow and Kolohe Andino. You'd never give him that heat in month of Sundays with Taj off the back of a win at Snapper and Kolohe being hyped as he is. Power to the local wildcard, he wasn't intimidated and ened up taking the heat. The local Victorian trailed for the bulk of the heat until the dying moments where he tore apart a set right to take out the win. "My legs are a bit sore after that last wave," Muscroft said. "I didn't know if I would have much of a chance against those guys out there, but I was able to get a good wave at the end and got the score. It's always a pleasure to compete at this level and my best friend Robbo (Adam Robertson) made it to the finals here a few years ago and that's given me the confidence to do well here too."© 2014 Rip Curl
Running in conjunction with the men's event, the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach completed round one. Sally Fitzgibbons, defending Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach winner and current World No. 3, took top honours today, posting 18.84 out of a possible 20 for the win. "Very happy with that heat as everything went my way," Fitz said. "I was able to pick off two really good waves that linked all the way through the Bowl. Coco Ho was ripping and probably would have won a lot of heats today. My equipment feels good and I'm just excited to be back in Bells." Carissa Moore, reigning world champ and last year's runner-up continued to dominate, besting Europeans Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont to advance directly to Round 3. "The waves are really fun out there and it was great to get the first heat out of the way," Moore said. "I didn't get the result I wanted on the Gold Coast so I'm hoping to post a better one here."© 2014 Rip Curl
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