Roxy Pro Hawaii Off for the Day;
Bartels Set to Defend her Title
Left: Reigning Roxy Pro Hawaii champion,
Melanie Bartels, looking to win back to back Sunset
events. Photo: ASP © Covered Images. Above: The
beach is buzzing at the Roxy Pro Hawaii. Photo: ASP
Rowland © Covered Images.
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ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS
November 25th, 2007 | Women's Roxy Pro
Roxy Pro Hawaii Off for the Day; Bartels
Set to Defend her Title
SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (Sunday, Nov. 25,
2007) – Declining swell has seen competition for the
Roxy Pro Hawaii called off today, the first of a 12-day waiting
period shared by the penultimate event on the ASP Women’s
World Tour and the 6-Star Prime O’neill World Cup of
Surfing – the final event on the 2007 men’s ASP
World Qualifying Series (WQS),.
When women’s competition does commence
at Sunset Beach, the first matter of business will be an eight-woman
trials event held to decide the final surfer in the second
of three events in the 2007 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series
– the Roxy Pro Hawaii.
Though reigning Roxy Pro Hawaii champion
Melanie Bartels (HAW) is an ASP Women’s World Tour rated
surfer this year, the local surfer won her first ASP Women’s
World Tour event at Sunset Beach as a wildcard in 2006.
Bartels, who had previously surfed on
the elite tour in 2004 and 2005 but failed to requalify in
2006, had to surf her way into the main event through the
Roxy Pro Hawaii trials before claiming her first World Tour
“Winning Sunset last year meant
the world to me,” Bartels said. “Being from Hawaii
and having worked my way from the bottom to the top in that
event made me feel really proud and I can’t wait to
do the same in these next two events.”
Bartels is currently rated equal 11th
on the ASP Women’s World Tour, but has assured herself
a spot on the 2008 tour courtesy of her 2007 WQS rating.
“I feel pretty relaxed at the moment
and also super anxious and fired up to surf Sunset,”
Bartels said. “I love the fact that the last two events
on the tour are held in Hawaii. I’m totally ready for
Sunset and Honolua.”
Bartels is one of four, and potentially
five, Hawaiians who could be donning contest vests at the
testing venue of Sunset Beach. Five of the eight trialists
hoping to earn main event berths, and ultimately follow in
Bartels’ footsteps, hail from Hawaii.
The Roxy Pro trialists are Carissa Moore
(HAW), Alisha Gonsalves (HAW), Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Coco
Ho (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Francisca Pereira dos Santos
(PRT), Lee Ann Curren (FRA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS).
Another call on competition status will
be made tomorrow morning, Monday, Nov. 26th.
Visit www.aspworldtour.com and www.triplcecrownofsurfing.com
for more information.
Round 1 Roxy Pro
Hawaii Heat Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Roseanne
Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Caroline
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS),
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Leilani
Heat 5: Layne Beachley (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW), Rochelle
Heat 6: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS), Melanie
*The ASP Women’s World Title clinching
scenario for the Roxy Pro Hawaii is as follows:
Mathematically, World No. 2 Silvana Lima
(BRA), former ASP Women’s World Champions Layne Beachley
(AUS), Chelsea Hedges (AUS) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER), as
well as current world No. 6 Samantha Cornish (AUS) are capable
of overtaking ratings leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) with
two wins if Gilmore doesn’t post better than a combination
of 9th or 17th place results in the last two events of the
Should Gilmore earn a 5th at Sunset Beach,
Hedges, Beachley and Cornish will be out of contention leaving
only Lima and Mulanovich in the race.
If Mulanovich bows out early with a 17th
at Sunset Beach, Gilmore needs a 9th to knock her out of contention.
If Mulanovich earns a 9th at Sunset Beach, Gilmore needs a
5th. If Gilmore finishes 4th or better, Mulanovich can’t
Gilmore can clinch the title at the Roxy
Pro at Sunset Beach if she posts a 3rd place result and Lima
finishes 17th or 9th. If Lima finishes 5th or 4th Gilmore
must finish 2nd to win the title there. If Lima posts a 3rd
place result, Gilmore must win the event or the race will
continue to Maui.
Esentially, if Gilmore wins the event
and Lima finishes 3rd or lower, the 2007 ASP Women’s
World Title belongs to Gilmore.
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