One-armed Hawaiian wildcard Bethany Hamilton's dream run at the Fiji Pro has come to an end in the semi-finals, but not before she helped end a disastrous week for Australia's best female surfers.
Hamilton lost her semi-final battle with France's Johanne Defay by 6.41 points, after she earlier beat Australia's Nikki Van Dijk in a low-scoring quarter-final by a meagre 1.07.
Australia's 2009 world junior champion Laura Enever and two-time Fiji Pro winner Sally Fitzgibbons then followed Van Dijk out the door, dumped out of the competition in their quarter-finals.
However it has been the 26-year-old Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack at age 13 in 2003, who lit up the Cloudbreak event.
She first knocked out world ratings leader Tyler Wright in the second round, before defeating six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the third round on Monday.
However she couldn't produce the same heroics against the more experienced Defay, her best rides of 4.23 and 6.83 no match for the French women's combined total of 17.47.
Earlier, Enever was always on the back foot against three-time world champion Carissa Moore, who opened the scoring in their quarter-final with a perfect 10.
Enever then produced wave scores of 9.67 and 6.10, to ensure the second highest individual score of the quarter final round at 15.77, however it wasn't enough to beat Moore who finished with 19.03.
Fitzgibbons then failed to defend her Fiji Pro title, opening the scoring with a ride of 7.0 against South African Bianca Buitendag before fighting her way through four low-scoring waves.
In contract, her South African opponent put together a combined score of 14.40 to win the battle by 3.73 points and reach the semi-finals.