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Bartels and Gilmore Lead Opening Day of Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic

Action heats up as the Women's ASP World Tour finally back in the water in Australia.

Updated: September 30, 2009, 11:08 AM ET

(Dee Why, New South Whales) Wednesday, September 30, 2009—The opening day of the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic saw current ASP World No. 5 Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27, and reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, lead the world's best women's surfers through Round 1 in two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Dee Why.

Gilmore stayed busy throughout her entire Round 1 heat today and emerged victorious in a tough battle over defending Commonwealth Bank ...

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