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2008 ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TOUR PREVIEW - by Prue Jeffries

The 2008 ASP Women's World Tour will most likely go down in surfing annals as the year a new chapter will be written for performance levels. A new era has truly begun. The evolutionary wave started with Sophia Mulanovich and Chelsea Georgeson. Groomed from pre-adolescence, for their time on the victory dais, they hit the WCT in 2000. Not long after, they seized their world titles with dimple-cheeked grins and new school power moves. They were the forerunners of a new world of female surfers.

2008 is the New World. Stephanie Gilmore burst onto the WCT scene before she had finished high school following the torch Sophia and Chelsea bore. She now finds herself as fearless leader with a meteoric ascension to the World Championship throne. Below her, the ratings list is filled with exuberant, focused and somewhat maverick talent such as Silvana Lima, Jesse Miley-Dyer, Nicola Atherton and Karina Petroni. Fierce World Title chasing stalwarts such as Layne Beachley, Megan Abubo and Serena Brooke will act as a fulcrum to consolidate the new paradigm keeping the talented new breed on their competitive toes.

ASP World Tour Seed No. 1 - Stephanie Gilmore forward arrow
Swell 150x150 For those of you who like to jump around instead of going one by one, here's the complete list...
1. Stephanie Gilmore 10. Megan Abubo
2. Sofia Mulanovich 11. Rosanne Hodge
3. Silvana Lima 12. Jacqueline Silva
4. Samantha Cornish 13. Melanie Redman-Carr
5. Layne Beachley 14. Karina Petroni
6. Amee Donohoe 15. Serena Brooke
7. Jessi Miley-Dyer 16. Nicola Atherton
8. Rebecca Woods 17. Julia De La Rosa Toro
9. Melanie Bartels  

Portrait of Stephanie Gilmore courtesy of ASPWORLDTOUR.COM

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