Women's World Tour Heads Back to Australia for the Beachley Classic


What: Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic

When: April 21-26

Where: Dee Why, Northern Beaches, New South Wales, Australia

The Prize Purse: $110,000 ($10K more than the rest of the Tour events)

After the World Champ's back-to-back victories at the first two events of the 2010 Tour season, it seemed we were witnessing the Steph Gilmore Show for the fourth year running. But after her early-round loss at event No. 3 in Taranaki, the title-race is on once again.

Three things to keep in mind as the event gets underway 1) The event has had multiple wildcard winners which will keep things interesting; 2) In the past, the surf for this event has traditionally been small, favoring the smaller surfers; and 3) Steph Gilmore, a past event champion, is as hungry as ever to get back on top.

To watch the event live, log on to BeachleyClassic.com

Overall Ranking After Event No. 3:

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 2760 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 2280 pts
3. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 2268 pts
4. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2076 pts
4. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2076 pts
6. Carissa Moore (HAW) 1920
7. Coco Ho (HAW) 1668
8. Silvana Lima (BRA) 1656
9. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 1464
10. Paige Hareb (NZL) 1272
11. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1080
11. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 1080
11. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 1080
14. Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 900
14. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 900
16. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 720
16. Nikita Robb (ZAF) 720

Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Round 1 Match-ups:

Heat 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW), Amee Donohoe (AUS)

Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)

Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), TBA

Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Nikita Robb (ZAF)

Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Bruna Schmitz (BRA)