It said everything about an extraordinary day of women's surfing that neither a five-time world champion nor the defending Rip Curl Pro titleholder were able to survive to the final at Bells Beach.
Australian hopes Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons were both bundled out in the quarter-finals on Saturday - a day when Gilmore's perfect 10 wasn't enough to win a heat and scores were at an all-time high in perfect conditions.
Instead it was another Australian - northern NSW teenager Tyler Wright - who continued her rise to the pointy end of what is surely women's surfing's most competitive era.
Wright beat Gilmore in an epic quarter-final by just 0.04 points, then eventually made the women's final set to be surfed on Sunday - her 19th birthday.
She will take on Hawaiian Carissa Moore in the final after Moore beat American Lakey Peterson in the other semi.
Gilmore, who showed immense courage to surf with a broken foot after her first-ever quarter-final exit at Bells, scored a 10 in a losing third-round heat and multiple nine-point-plus rides on the day.
Yet it still wasn't enough to overcome Lennox Head surfer Wright in a gripping quarter-final.
Despite three-time Bells champion Gilmore turning in a quality last ride, she scored a 9.1 when a 9.14 was required.
It was that kind of day.
"Right now women's surfing's off the charts," said Wright, whose own surfing is doing just that as she contemplates her third successive final in the third pro event of the year.
"This is what it's all about. Close heats - all the girls are ripping.
"You don't have an easy heat. Every heat today, everyone was over 16 points (for their two best rides). It's insane."
Defending Bells champion Fitzgibbons also surfed well, but had her pocket picked twice on the last wave by Peterson in both the third round and their quarter-final.
With Fitzgibbons leading their quarter-final, just as she had done earlier on Saturday, Peterson grabbed the required score - a 7.14 - to beat the NSW surfer on the siren.
But Peterson was unable to overcome Moore in the semi-final.
Another last-gasp ride of 8.97 was not enough for the American, as it capped off a day seasoned onlookers described as perhaps the finest day of women's pro surfing ever seen.
Not dwelling on her own disappointment and any pain from an undisplaced foot fracture she carried through Saturday, current world champion Gilmore agreed women's surfing had produced a red-letter day.
"Not that women's surfing has anything to prove, but today really proved something for the girls," she said.