With the new format, Women’s Round 1 will be made up of six 3-surfer heats. Surfers that place in 1st and 2nd will advance straight to Round 3, while 3rd place surfers will be seeded into the following round. Round 2 will now have two heats with three surfers in each heat, and it is the first elimination round. The surfers that place in 1st and 2nd will advance to Round 3, while the 3rd place surfer will be eliminated from the event in Equal 17th place.
Round 3 is made up of eight heats, with the lower placing surfer being eliminated in Equal 9th place. From Round 3 onwards, each round is comprised of head-to-head heats involving only two surfers. The surfer that place in 1st in each heat will advance to the next round; the lowest-placing surfer will be eliminated.