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Lay Day Today; Rip Curl Women’s Pro Champion Crowned Tomorrow

easter sunrise over bells beach

sofia mulanovich

amee donohoe and easter eggs

Top:Sofia Mulanovich enjoys some relaxing
time on a lay day at Bells.
Photo: ASP Kirstin © Covered Images
Above: Amee Donohoe launches an Easter
egg during the expression session.
Photo: ASP Robertson © Covered Images.

Left: Sunrise on Easter Sunday 2008.
Photo: ASP Kirstin © Covered Images

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lay Day Today; Rip Curl Women’s Pro Champion Crowned Tomorrow

BELLS BEACH, Australia (Sunday, Mar. 23, 2008) – After assessing conditions all morning, event organizers for the Rip Curl Pro presented by Snickers and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta have called competition off for the day, citing the small one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves on off at Bells Beach.

Stop No. 2 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro will complete competition tomorrow, the final day of the waiting period. Of the eight remaining quarterfinalists, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro boasts three ASP Women’s World Champions and four past winners of the ASP Women’s World Tour event at Bells Beach.

“We’ve called competition off for the day, but we’ll be running expression sessions and team challenges this afternoon,” Neil Ridgeway, Event Director, said. “It’s a beautiful day in Victoria, but the swell isn’t what we need to run World Tour heats today. We have a projected bump in swell over the evening and we will be completing the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta tomorrow.”

Running in conjunction with the Rip Curl Women’s Pro, the Rip Curl Pro presented by Snickers has completed Rounds 1 and 2 of competition, and will look to run heats amidst the completion of the women’s event tomorrow.

“An inconsistent new swell is expected to fill into the contest site during Monday, with a peak in size expected late in the day,” Ben Matson, official Swellnet forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro, said. “Early light winds will freshen from the N/NE during the morning ahead of an afternoon sea breeze. Monday’s new swell is expected to fade slowly throughout Tuesday, but winds will swing NW and freshen, creating smooth conditions at Bells Beach.”

Event organizers will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30am for a possible 8am start.

Both the Rip Curl Pro and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro will be webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com.

Rip Curl Women’s Pro pres. by Ford Fiesta Quarterfinals Match-Ups
QF 1: Samantha Cornish (AUS) vs. Layne Beachley (AUS)
QF 2: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
QF 4: Amee Donohoe (AUS) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

The Rip Curl Pro is the first carbon offset ASP World Tour event. To achieve the Carbon Offset requirements, Rip Curl has teamed with CO2 Australia to offset the greenhouse gas emissions that result from a number of energy-consuming activities during this year’s event. Visit http://www.ripcurl.com/index.php?aid=586 for more details.

 


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