THE Roxy Pro has started and the women were expected to make the most of the one metre waves off the wide Snapper Rocks bank through to Rainbow Bay.

Surfers such as Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons will show off their skills in the first female event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour.

ASP media director Steve Robertson said despite a few hitches, the Roxy Pro was all set to get spectators well and truly stoked.

"The rain has made things difficult. It's been torrential but we've still got everything up and running," he said.

"It's been challenging for the event staff, but all the logistical issues are sorted and we're good to go for today."

The first 30 minute heat of the competition was expected to begin about 12.40pm EST, with the last heat scheduled to start at 3.10pm.

Mr Robertson said that the event was forced to move slightly up the beach.

This was due to the changed Snapper sandbank causing poor wave quality.

"It was difficult to move the event quietly with the rain, but we got it done," he said.

However, the move was expected to have little bearing on the top-notch prowess on display by the world's top female surfers.

The Roxy Pro can be followed live at

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