TOP RATED SURFERS TO MAKE THEIR
MARK IN SYDNEY
Left: Stephanie Gilmore, en route to victory in the 2006
Beachley Classic. Above: Rebecca Woods, winner of the
2006 Expression Session. Photos: ©ASP/Covered Images
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ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS
NAB Beachley Classic, Manly, Sydney
Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour
Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia
October 9- 14, 2007
LIVE on www.aspworldtour.com
TOP RATED SURFERS TO MAKE THEIR MARK
MANLY, Sydney (Monday, Oct. 1, 2007)
– Surfers rated first to fifth on the ASP Women’s
World Tour are poised for an almighty clash in Sydney, Australia
next week, when the second annual NAB Beachley Classic, gets
underway at Manly Beach, from October 9- 14, 2007.
Just 400 points separate the top five
rated women who will be determined to put some ground between
themselves and their closest rivals, thanks to the 220 bonus
ratings points on offer during NAB Beachley Classic, Stop
No. 5 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Tour.
World No. 5 Chelsea Hedges (AUS) is one
such surfer. The 2005 ASP World Champion has slipped steadily
down the ASP ratings ladder this year, her win on the Gold
Coast in February shadowed by two equal fifths and one equal
ninth placing, at the subsequent events.
“Being in 5th position and only
400 points behind 1st place, the bonus points could be critical
for me,” Hedges said. “Winning this event will
probably put me into 1st position or at least in a comfortable
situation going into the final few events.”
Hedges’s position on the ASP ratings
perfectly illustrates the caliber of surfing seen amongst
the World’s Top 17 Women this year, with a new winner
emerging from each event and no apparent favorites for Manly.
“A lot can happen at this event!”
Hedges continued. “Everyone is so close on the ratings
that the extra points will definitely make a difference. Last
year, when Steph won this event we didn't really see the effects
of the points but I think this year we will.”
Unlike Hedges, current World No. 3 Sofia
Mulanovich (PER) has climbed up the ASP ratings ladder. The
2004 ASP World Champion sustained a shocking equal 17th finish
on the Gold Coast but quickly made up ground with a runner-up
finish at Bells, followed by an equal fifth in Brazil and
finally, victory in Spain.
Rated just behind World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), Mulanovich
has harbored no secrets of her intention to put herself in
contention for an ASP World Title this year.
“I really want to do well at Layne’s
contest,” Mulanovich said. “I am looking forward
to putting on another good performance. This contest will
make a difference at the end of year; you have to have a good
result here if you want to be in contention for a World Title.”
Another surfer with her eyes fixed firmly on the burnished
World Title trophy is World No. 4 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
The defending NAB Beachley Classic Champion
made history by winning the event as a wildcard in 2006 and
will be eager to return to the limelight as a top tier surfer
in her native country, next week.
“This is new territory for me,”
Gilmore, who qualified for the ASP Women’s World Tour
at the end of 2006, said. “Obviously there’s a
different set of pressures and expectations on me now but
I’m still a grommet so I get excited and start thinking
about ratings points, scenarios with the heat draws and stuff
that can really affect your performance.”
Gilmore lost her ASP ratings lead to
current World No. 1 Cornish in Spain and is starting to feel
the pressure from her peers, who appear to have lifted their
game against the Snapper Rocks starlet.
“There are some good psychological
challenges for me to overcome now,” Gilmore explained.
“The second half of the year is critical and I am learning
how to use these new challenges to become a better athlete.”
The NAB Beachley Classic is the richest
stop on the ASP Women’s World Tour with US$100000 in
prize money, as well as a 20% increase in ASP ratings points.
The event features the World’s Top 17 Women and one
The Oakley wildcard trials will take
place on Monday October 8, 2007 and will see 12 international
surfers clash for one coveted spot in the NAB Beachley Classic.
The official press conference will take
place at the NAB Beachley Classic Contest site, North Steyne
Road, Queenscliff, Sydney, on Monday October 8, 2007 at 12.30pm.
The NAB Beachley Classic is produced
by event namesake 7X ASP World Champion Layne Beachley (Aus)
in collaboration with National Australia Bank and the Association
of Surfing Professionals.
ASP Women’s World Tour Ratings after Stop No. 4 of 8:
1. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 3072
2. Silvana Lima (BRA) 3060
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2904
4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 2868
5. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 2664
6. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2232
7. Layne Beachley (AUS) 2220
7. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 2220
9. Melanie Redman Carr (AUS) 2016
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