Last Chance: WQS Update

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Neco Padaratz (pictured above) will need solid results
at Sunset & Pipe to stay on the 2008 Foster’s ASP World Tour

Not much in the way of results for the men this week as Haleiwa is still waiting for a swell here in Hawaii to complete the last two days of the Reef Hawaiian Pro.

Meanwhile though, the inaugural Reef Classic in Barbados has been run and won by Josie Graves from Puerto Rico. Being an ASP WQS 1-Star event, it had no bearing on the ratings, but well done all the same.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro women's division has been finalized, and congratulations go to Megan Abubo who, by winning the event, has cemented her spot back on the ASP Women's World Tour in 2008.

The final ratings for the ASP Women's WQS tour had former WQS No. 1 Jacqueline Silva from Brazil again getting the top spot, closely followed by Stephanie Gilmore, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Megan Abubo, Melanie Redman-Carr and Karina Petroni as the WQS Top 6 qualifiers for 2008.

Karina is the only newcomer to the ASP Women's World Tour as the others are current or returning tour veterans.

The ASP Women's World Tour ratings have yet to be decided with the Roxy Pro at Sunset and Billabong Pro in Maui still to be run, however, at the top of those ratings is Stephanie Gilmore, meaning she does not need her WQS rating to qualify.

Current Women’s #1 Stephanie Gilmore

Each ASP Women's World Tour surfer that finishes in the Top 10 and is also rated in the top of the WQS does not need their WQS rating, meaning that the next in line on the WQS ratings moves up into the WQS Top 6 for 2008. So Stephanie is replaced by Melanie Bartels, etc.

Also in the ASP Women's World Tour Top 10 are Jacqueline Silva, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Sam Cornish, Silvana Lima, Amee Donohoe, Sofia Mulanovich and Rebecca Woods. If all of these stay in the Top 10, then Serena Brooke and Nicola Atherton will qualify for the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour.

If they don't, then they will need their WQS ratings, thus knocking out Nicola and then Serena.

With the two Hawaii events left for the girls, nothing is for sure and Serena and Nicola have no say in it as they will be on the beach hoping for no changes in the ASP Women's World Tour ratings.

Other than the Top 6 WQS listed above, I would say that Silvana Lima, Sofia Mulanovich, Layne Beachley, Chelsea Hedges and perhaps Sam Cornish are safe for 2008.

The others need to maintain their ratings or boost them with a good result in the next two events.

We're down to the nitty gritty and will have more next week with the men's Reef Hawaiian Pro update.

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Some of the smiles and laughs in the competitors area can be short-lived if surfers fail to qualify