SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 24, 2009) – With a decreasing swell on offer and solid surf projected throughout the remainder of the waiting period, event organizers at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach have called a lay day for competition.
Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach holds the dual-importance of potentially crowning the 2009 ASP Women’s World Champion as well as playing the second stop on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series (an ASP Specialty Series).
“The surf is smaller than I’d like and the swell is expected to drop throughout the day,” Randy Rarick, Gidget Pro Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting a big swell to fill in tomorrow and will be back in the morning to assess conditions.”
At present, six surfers remain in contention for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Title:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21
2 – Silvana Lima (BRA), 25
3 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26
4 – Coco Ho (HAW), 18
5 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26
6 – Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27
Gilmore can secure her third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, should she make the Final and the following scenarios unfold.
– If Gilmore wins Sunset, Lima needs a 2nd and Mulanovich is out.
– If Gilmore finishes 2nd at Sunset, Lima needs a 3rd, Mulanovich needs to win and Ho is out.
– If Gilmore finishes 3rd at Sunset, Lima needs a 5th, Mulanovich needs to win and Ho needs to win.
– If Gilmore finishes 4th at Sunset, Lima needs a 7th, Mulanovich needs a 2nd and Ho needs a 2nd.
– If Gilmore finishes 9th, 7th or 5th at Sunset, then Lima, Mulanovich and Ho are all in contention for the crown.
For Hedges and Bartels to remain a part of the mix, they need for Gilmore to falter at the last two events with either a 17th or 13th at Sunset so that they along with Lima, Mulanovich and Ho keep their World Title campaigns alive.
Alana Blanchard (HAW), 19, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, took out the first event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans Hawaiian Pro (an ASP Specialty Event), but will need two strong results in the remaining two events if she is to requalify for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.
Surfline.com, official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown, are calling for surf to diminish today before a solid NW swell arrives this evening.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible start.
The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach will be webcast LIVE via www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
GIDGET PRO SUNSET BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Laurina McGrath (AUS)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), TBA
Heat 3: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Samantha Cornish (AUS), TBA
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Paige Hareb (NZL), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)