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Rebecca Woods Leads Strong International Contingent Towards
Business End in Portugal
Left: Rebecca Woods leading the
charge into the Quarterfinals. Above: Karina Petroni
by fellow American Kyla Langen to advance to the Quarters.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Association of Surfing Professionals
Billabong Cascais Girls Festival
ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) Women’s 6-Star event
Stop No. 9 of 14 on the ASP Women’s WQS
Cascais, Guincho - Portugal
July 31- August 3, 2008
Woods Leads Strong International
Contingent Towards Business End in Portugal
GUINCHO, Portugal (Thursday, July 31,
2008) - CASCAIS, Guincho, Portugal (Thursday, July 31, 2008)
– The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) WQS
Women's 6-Star Billabong Cascais Girls Festival enjoyed a
great opening day of stunning action at the beach of Guincho
in Cascais, Portugal. Some consistent four to five foot (1.2
to 1.5 meter) waves and beautiful weather allowed officials
to run 28 heats and reach the much awaited one-on-one Quarterfinals
that will feature four duels when proceedings resume.
Current ASP Women's World Tour campaigners
put on sensational performances to defeat all European competitors
in the event today and reach Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS
Women's 6-Star event. Rebecca Woods (AUS), rated No. 9 on
the ASP WQS Women's ratings going into Stop No. 9 of 14, was
the most consistent competitor throughout the day posting
several excellent scores including an impressive 17.00 point
heat tally (out of a possible 20) in Round 2.
"I am really happy with today
after a couple of seriously bad heats recently", Woods
said. "There were a lot of waves coming in and I got
some good ones. The waves were fun all day and I am really
having a good time in Portugal."
Woods, who has been among the ASP Top
17 for four years now, came to Portugal relaxed and willing
to enjoy her first trip ever to Portugal. She will meet last-second
qualifier Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) in Quarterfinal No. 3.
"I am tired of thinking of ratings
as I have done for four years", Woods said. "I decided
to let go a bit and have fun and enjoy my time competing.
I am still looking forward to keep going in the event."
Woods posted three of the Top 6 heat
scores of the event today and will be a serious contender
for the crown if the swell remains as consistent.
Jacqueline Silva (BRA), last year's
ASP WQS Women's Champion and current Dream Tour competitor,
was another standout during Day 1 of competition at Gunicho.
Silva, who has had a difficult year not placing better than
equal 9th all events comprised, came to Portugal with the
strong will to move forward and get some wins.
"I am so happy to reach the Quarterfinals",
Silva said. "I have been having shockers all year and
never got through Round 4 so it is a big relief to make all
these heats today. I am very tired though."
Silva, currently rated No. 15 on the
ASP WQS Women's ratings, will meet other inform surfer of
the day Laurina MacGrath (AUS) in a much anticipated Quarterfinal
"It is already a great result
and I will take it heat by heat tomorrow", Siva said.
"I love coming to Europe, I won the event in Newquay
last year and I feel good here in Portugal. Waves are fun
and I will be ready for Quarterfinals tomorrow."
The European contingent suffered heavy
losses throughout the day and Pauline Ado (FRA) was the only
regional competitor to reach Round 4 before stepping down
to Airini Mason (NZL) and Silva.
Ado, 17, reigning ASP European Junior
Champion and rated No. 36 with two results only thus far including
a superb runner-up finish the the ASP WQS Women's 5-Star event
in South Africa in early July, could not counter her oponnent's
assault in Round 4 after securing two solid wins in Rounds
2 and 3.
"I was stoked to get good waves
and win these two heats", Ado said. "I had a close
one in Round 2 with Jessi (Miley-Dyer) coming back with a
solid score in the last minutes but I was confident."
Ado, who bested Quarterfinalist and
current ASP Top 17 campaigner Karina Petroni (USA) in Round
3, was in good form all day but was not able to catch up with
her heat leaders and left the event with 1250 valuable ratings'
"I missed the first half of the
year because I had school obligations so I don't have any
pressure ratings wise", Ado said. "I am still doing
as much ASP Pro Junior events as I can and am looking forward
to qualifying for the ASP World Junior Championships this
year again. The WQS is a way for me to gain experience and
Alana Blanchard (Kawai, HAW), 18, is
the second youngest Quarterfinalist in the event and will
surf in Heat 4 against experienced Dream Tour Australian Jessi
Miley-Dyer (AUS). Blanchard, who got through three rounds
today with wins over local Joana Rocha (PRT), Jessica Hickson
(AUS) and Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), created the upset of the day
when she eliminated fellow Hawaiian and longtime elite surfer
Megan Abubo (HAW).
"I love it here and people are
very friendly in Portugal", Blanchard said. "The
waves were tricky but it went well for me and I had some good
fun surfing today. I am happy with this first day."
Blanchard, who is seen as Hawaii's
most promissing surfers, was rated No. 6 before the Billabong
Cascais Girls Festival and is ficused on qualifying for next
year's ASP Women's World Tour.
"I really want to get up there
on the World Tour this year", Blanchard said. "It
is my main goal and I hope I can win this event to climb up
Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Airini Mason
(NZL) also qualified today and will be surfing when competition
resumes. All remaining competitors will meet at 8 AM (GMT+1)
tomorrow Friday, August 1, 2008 at Guincho.
QUARTERFINALS (1st advances)
Heat 1: Laurina MacGrath (AUS) Vs Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 2: Karina Petroni (USA) Vs Airini Mason (NZL)
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) Vs Rosanne Hodge (ZAf)
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) Vs Alana Blanchard (HAW)
4 RESULTS (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Laurina MacGrath (AUS) 11.30 pts, Karina Petroni (USA)
10.25 pts, Kyla Langen (USA) 10.25 pts
Heat 2: Airini Mason (NZL) 13.75 pts, Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
12.50 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.90 pts
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 15,25 pts, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
12.75 pts, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.90 pts
Heat 4: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.80 pts, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
9.85 pts, Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.50 pts
3 RESULTS (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Laurina McGrath (AUS) 15.75 pts, Jacqueline Silva
(BRA) 13.25 pts, Serena Brooke (AUS) 7.20 pts, Caroline Sarran
(FRA) 4.65 pts
Heat 2: Kyla Langen (USA) 12.15 pts, Airini Mason (NZL) 11.45
pts, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 11.20 pts, Claire Bevilacqua (BRA)
Heat 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.75 pts, Karina Petroni (USA),
Marina Werneck (BRA) 9.75 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 4.50 pts
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 13.75 pts, Megan Abubo (HAW)
10.75 pts, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.90 pts, Tarryn Chudleigh
(ZAF) 6.00 pts
Heat 5: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 14.50 pts, Alana Blanchard (HAW)
10.50 pts, Jessica Hickson (AUS) 8.15 pts, Rebecca Oakley
(AUS) 7.10 pts
Heat 6: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.75 pts, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.95
pts, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 8.35 pts, Tammy Lee Smith (ZAF)
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