Mulanovich Makes Her Move with
a Win at the Roxy Pro Hawaii
Left: Following her victory in the
2007 Roxy Pro Hawaii, former ASP World Champion Sofia
Mulanovich is just 101 points shy of ratings leader
Steph Gilmore with one event to go. Photo: ASP Kirstin
© Covered Images. Above: Amee Donohoe rode a clean
board and drew flawless lines on the shifty Sunset peaks.
Photo: ASP Rowland © Covered Images.
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November 29th, 2007 | Roxy Pro Hawaii
Mulanovich Makes Her Move with a Win at
the Roxy Pro Hawaii
SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (Thursday, Nov.
29, 2007) – Former ASP World Champion Sofia Mulanovich
(PER) tamed 8 to 10 foot (three metre) surf at Sunset Beach
to win the Roxy Pro Hawaii today. Her victory has put her
just 101 points behind ratings leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
and put her well and truly in the race to win her second World
Title heading into the final event on the 2007 ASP Women’s
World Tour in Maui next week.
“It’s pretty amazing, I really
never thought of a World Title coming here,” Mulanovich
said. “I just wanted to have fun, surf wave by wave,
and just have a good contest. But now it’s on, it’s
The victory is her second on the 2007
ASP Women’s World Tour and the 8th of her World Tour
career. It is also Mulanovich’s first ASP World Tour
rated win in Hawaii.
“I’m just stoked,”
Mulanovich said. “Sunset can be such a perfect wave.
I really want to thank Rochelle Ballard for helping me out
with my board choice, she pushed me to use that board and
it really paid off. Thanks to everyone who helped me out,
my boyfriend who was my caddie and my longtime sponsor Roxy
for another great event.”
Mulanovich finished the four-woman final
with 13.73 points to Amee Donohoe’s (AUS) 10.83, Samantha
Cornish’s (AUS) 7.64 and Jessi Miley-Dyer’s (AUS)
6.40 points. Donohoe, who only needed a mid-range score to
take the lead, was understandably disappointed to miss out
on her first World Tour win but has jumped to 5th on the ratings
with the result.
“I’ll be honest – it’s
a good result but to sum it in two words, second sucks,”
Donohoe said. “There was a turning point when I took
off on a wave with like three minutes to go because I didn’t
realize that there was a bigger set coming through behind
that one. I just took off on a shoulder and when I turned
around there were three waves with the scoring potential to
easily get a 6.0. That was the point where I just got really
frustrated. I knew I had made a mistake. Everyone is a good
competitor and you can’t give anyone an inch.”
Cornish, who along with reigning and
7X World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) and 2005 World Champion
Chelsea Hedges (AUS), was factored out of the 2007 title race
when she didn’t win the Roxy Pro Hawaii, was smiling
despite finishing 3rd in the Final. The current World No.
4 earned a wildcard back on to the World Tour in 2007 after
just missing out on requalification last year.
“I’m pretty happy to make
the final, it’s really tough out there, but it was an
excellent day,” Cornish said. “I’m super
stoked, it was great result. Like I said earlier, I just want
to surf well and see what I can do.”
Miley-Dyer was the lone goofy-footed
(right-foot forward) surfer in the Final and was pleased just
to have advanced to the Roxy Pro Final today.
“I’m really happy with how
it all went,” Miley Dyer said. “Sunset is a really
hard wave on your backhand. Not a lot of goofy-footers have
really done well here so I put a lot of time in this week.
I’ve been riding my 7’0” board at Velzyland
(a right-breaking wave like Sunset Beach) and here and looking
like an idiot, but I’m really glad I did it.”
Miley Dyer, like the rest of the field,
have reveled in the big rights over the course of the contest
and was very vocal about being up for the challenge.
“I think Sunset is a good wave,
it’s a real challenge,” Miley-Dyer. “I think
that for any kind of athlete to take themselves out of their
comfort zone and push themselves will only make them better.
Sunset does that for us. I’m just really happy to get
Four of the six women who were still
in contention for the World Title at the beginning of day,
were eliminated in the Quarterfinals. Gilmore, who was mathematically
capable of clinching the World Title today had she fared differently,
was among them.
“Yeah, it’s disappointing
but I just had a bad heat, I got caught on the inside a few
times,” Gilmore said. “At one point I paddled
pretty deep and then a big set came and I just looked at Jessie
thinking I was going to die. It just broke on my head, I tried
to duck under but it just smoked me. Then I got about six
more on the head and by that time I only had half a board,
it was pretty strenuous. I wasn’t really in the right
position by the end and then time just ran out.”
Gilmore maintains her ratings lead despite
her 9th place finish today, but Mulanovich and World No. 2
Silvana Lima have gained considerable ground.
“It will keep it interesting,”
Gilmore said. “It’s definitely going to be a hard
task to win the World Title, both Sofia and Silvana are closing
in on the gap extremely fast.
Lima was rated 2nd before her 9th place result at Sunset.
She has dropped to 3rd behind Mulanovich now. Still, after
coming back from a knee injury and in only her second year
on tour, Lima is happy to still be within reach of the title.
“It’s disappointing, but
with me and Steph out now, we’ll just have to take it
to Maui,” Lima said. “Maui is great, perfect waves
and it’s so beautiful. Good things have happened to
Beachley, who won her seventh title in
Maui last year is no longer an outside chance for an eighth
after losing in the Quarters.
“The World Title has been out of
my reach since the start of the year,” Beachley said.
“I haven’t surfed consistently enough and I haven’t
really allowed myself to win. More importantly today, it’s
just disappointing to lose at perfect Sunset. It’s my
favorite wave in the world and I just can’t do it any
justice, it’s frustrating as hell.”
Sixteen-year-old wildcard Coco Ho (HAW)
was named the 2007 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Rookie for
her success at Sunset Beach this week, while the Schick Quattro
Style Award went to Gilmore.
Current Triple Crown Ratings Leader Megan
Abubo (HAW) has kept her lead despite suffering a potential
rib injury in the Semifinals and exiting the water midway
through her heat.
She left the beach by ambulance and her
injuries are still unconfirmed at this point.
Caroline Sarran (FRA) was also absent
from her Quarterfinal heat due to injury. She suffered a neck
injury free surfing yesterday.
Mulanovich has moved to 2nd behind Abubo
on the Triple Crown ratings, followed by Donohoe in 3rd, Beachley
in 4th and Melanie Bartels (AUS) in 5th.
Complete coverage of the Roxy Pro Hawaii
will be produced and broadcast by FUEL TV. Visit www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
for more information.
Roxy Pro Hawaii
Final: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.73, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.83,
Samantha Cornish (AUS) 7.64, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 6.40
Roxy Pro Hawaii
Semifinal Results: 1st and 2nd Advance, 3rd finishes Equal
7th, 4th finishes Equal 5th
Heat 1: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 14.67, Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
12.34, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 9.90, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 5.33
Heat 2: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.73, Samantha Cornish (AUS) 5.63,
Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 5.33, Megan Abubo (HAW) 0.43
Roxy Pro Hawaii
Quarterfinal Results: 1st and 2nd Advance, 3rd finishes Equal
9th, 4th finishes Equal 13th
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.77, Melanie Bartels (HAW)
10.43, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.33, Caroline Sarran (FRA) INJ
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 13.17, Rebecca Woods (AUS)
12.34, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.64, Coco Ho (HAW) 6.17
Heat 3: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 12.00, Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.67,
Leilani Gryde (HAW) 8.54, Silvana Lima (BRA) 5.33
Heat 4: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.03, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
11.90, Layne Beachley (AUS) 11.07, Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour
– the Roxy Pro Hawaii:
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5,868
2. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 5,767
3. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5,252
4. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 4,440
5. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 4,406
6. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 4,238
7. Layne Beachley (AUS) 4,214
8. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 3,553
9. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 3,438
10. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2,976
11. Megan Abubo (HAW) 2,862
12. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 2,784
13. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2,654
14. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 2,424
15. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 2,412
16. Caroline Sarran (FRA) 2,322
17. Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 1,530
18. Leilani Gryde (HAW) 972
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