Women’s ASP World Tour: Peru Preview With ASP World Tour Replacement Laurina McGrath Q&A

The Basics

Event: Movistar Classic Mancora Peru presented by Rip Curl

Tour Stop: Six (of eight)

Date: Nov. 3 – Nov. 8

Location: Mancora, Piura – Peru

Type of Wave: Left-hand pointbreak

Defending Event Champion: Stephanie Gilmore

Five Things You Should Know:

1. The tour-leader is out of commission…for now. Sofia Mulanovich suffered an ankle injury in her semifinal heat at the Layne Beachley Classic, and hasn't been in the water since. "I almost pulled out a ligament that is attached to my bone in the upper part of my foot so it is still sore and I can't really walk on my injured foot," Mulanovich said. "The doctor said it could take six weeks, but if I take care of it, it could maybe be okay for the comp."

2. Tour hopes for 2009 may be crushed in Peru. Currently, Serina Brooke, Megan Abubo, Karina Petroni, Julia de La Rosa, Melanie-Redman-Carr, and Nicola Atherton are not among the ASP Top 10 slotted for automatic re-qualification, and are also not ranked high enough in the WQS ratings to re-qualify that way (Although Serena and Megan are within striking distance on the ASP WQS with a big result at Haleiwa). For those rounding out the bottom on the Top 17, the stakes are higher than ever.

3. The lone goofy-footer on tour finally gets the front-side advantage. Jessi Miley-Dyer, the only goofy-footer on a right-dominated tour, will have the opportunity next week to display her surf the only left of the Dream Tour. Since the Fiji & Tahiti events were taken off tour, only the Peru event remains for the left-loving lot.

4. Stephanie Gilmore is hungry. After losing in an early round to wildcard Tyler Wright at the Sydney event, Gilmore fell from her leading spot in the rankings. She now trails Mulanovich by 463 points. But, as the reigning World Champion and the winner of this event last year, she's eager to reclaim her tour-lead going into Hawaii, and ultimately claim her second crown.

5. Melanie Redman-Carr won't be in attendance. Currently ranked 14th on the women's tour, Redman-Carr has opted out of competing in France. According to the ASP, "First replacement on the ASP Women's World Tour, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), declined to come, so former ASP Women's World Tour campaigner Laurina McGrath (AUS) will be the replacement." The wildcard for the event has yet to be announced.

Contests Remaining this Year:

Roxy Pro Sunset, Nov. 24 – Dec. 6

Billabong Pro Maui, Dec. 8 – Dec. 20

Current ASP World Tour Top 5 Ratings:

1. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4411 points

2. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3948 points

3. Layne Beachley (AUS) 3698 points

4. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 3331 points

5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 3194 points

Event starts November 3, so log on to Fantasysurfer.com and pick your team while the trading is still open!


Five Questions with ASP World Tour Replacement Laurina McGrath

With Melanie Redman-Carr opting not to compete at the Movistar Classic in Peru, former world tour-surfer Laurina McGrath was quick to accept the ASP's invitation to serve as her replacement. McGrath is currently ranked ninth on the WQS, so chances are good she'll be rounding out the Top 17 in 2009. Before heading off to the land of lefts, we got her quick takes on (temporarily) getting back on the tour horse.

1. Why did you get chosen to replace Melanie Redman-Carr?

I was the first WQS surfer to not qualify last year, making me next in line to compete.

2. As a 'QS surfer, when you surf an ASP World Tour event, how does the point system work? Do you get 'QS points? How does that change your ranking?

There are no WQS points on offer for a wildcard surfing a WCT. I'm mainly going to Peru to get some practice in before Hawaii as we've had a three-month break between WQS events.

3. What are you looking forward to at this event?

Lots of things! I've heard the wave is amazing. I've never been to this part of Peru and Sofia is always telling us how beautiful it is and how good it gets up there. There's just a unique buzz of being around a WCT event that I've missed. It's been three years since I was on tour and just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get back in there and see what happens.

4. Who are the surfers to look out for at this event?

I definitely think Sofia will be hard to beat. She has one of the best backhands on tour and being in her home country, gets a lot of support and really fires up. If it's bigger, Jessi Miley-Dyer and Layne Beachley.

5. Who are you most intimidated by in the water?

I guess I'm not really intimidated by anyone. I know each of the surfers quite well and have competed against them for years so I'm just looking forward to seeing it all unfold.