The men's Burton Automotive Pro was put on standby as the ladies hit the water for the Burton Automotive Women's Classic.
The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series QS1000 event hosts a field of exciting up-and-coming surfers who put on an impressive show for Newcastle's surf fans.
Maud Le Car (FRA) was by far the standout surfer of the day, amassing the two highest heat totals of 18.60 in Round 2 and 18.70 in Round 3. Le Car timed every turn and carve to perfection while combining fins free snaps and rail carves.
Holly Wawn (NSW/AUS) put together an impressive heat to advance to Round 4 of competition, blasting her way to a near-perfect 9.60 and earning a backup score of 7.83. Wawn is currently ranked No. 28 on the QS rankings and is well on her way to another result in Newcastle.
Mikaela Greene (WA/AUS) combined smooth wrapping turns and carves to easily win through to Round 4 of the Burton Automotive Women's Classic. Greene is having a great start to her competitive season and is currently ranked 19 on the QS.
Kirra-Belle Olsson (NSW/AUS) is on a roll at her first ever QS event, winning both her Round 2 and 3 heats. Olsson received the event wildcard and she has risen to the challenge, at 14 years of age she is beating older and more experienced competitors.
Hometown hero Philippa Anderson (NSW/AUS) also advanced in impressive fashion, using her fast and progressive approach to clock up some solid scores. Anderson will now take on Jaleesa Vincent (AUS), Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS) and Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) in the next Round.
Officials are still tracking a solid swell looming on the horizon that has the potential to see the 30th Anniversary of Newcastle's Surfest finish in epic conditions.