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Surfing - 31. March 2007.

Brazil's Jacqueline Silva victorious at Drug Aware Pro Margaret River

Brazil's Jacqueline Silva victorious at Drug Aware Pro Margaret River

Brazil's Jacqueline Silva victorious at Drug Aware Pro Margaret River


Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) today won the Drug Aware Pro in testing,
windswept 1-to-1.5-metre (3-to-5ft) surf at Surfers Point in Margaret River, Western
Australia, where she defeated Jessi Miley-Dyer (Aus/NSW/Bronte).



The stylish Brazilian surfer was supreme all through the final day,
winningher Quarter and Semi Finals with a series of excellent rides. Silva
defeated Hawaiian Melanie Bartels in the Quarters and later, local hope
Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus/WA/Dunsborough) in the Semis.



While her performances leading up to the main Final were high-scoring, the
Final itself was a low-scoring affair, with quality waves hard to find due
to strong South Westerly winds ripping into the wave faces.



Halfway through the 35-minute Final, Miley-Dyer held a slender lead.
However, neither girl had a score in the 5-points or better range, and it
was clear that whoever found the first strong-scoring ride would gain a
significant advantage. With just 10 minutes remaining, Silva found the
decisive ride - a slightly larger and less wind-affected wave, allowing
her to execute a combination of smooth top-to-bottom turns to progress go to
the lead, with a strong 6.83 score.


Miley-Dyer challenged late in the Final when she took off on a larger set
wave, immediately scoring with her powerful trademark top-turn, but the
wave then simply flattened out on her and provided no further scoring
potential. Her 6.17 score fell, leaving her in second position for the remainder of
the Final.


Surrounded by a large, fanatical crowd of Brazilian fans after the Final,
Silva said: "It's fantastic for me to finally win again. I only just
missed a win two weeks ago in Newcastle where I finished second and today was my
first win in an ASP event since California nearly two years ago. All my
results this year have been good and to win a major six-star today, well,
I now feel powerful and confident as I head to Bells Beach for our next
World Tour event."

"Margaret River is such a famous surf break, and even though today's
Finals waves were difficult, we have had great waves during the week. To win
here like this is really prestigious."

For today's win, Silva picked up US$4,500, along with 2,500 points on the
ASP World Qualifying Series ratings, while Miley-Dyer collected 2,150
points. The result sees Miley-Dyer now leading the World Qualifying
Series ratings, with Silva in third place.

Commenting on her performance, Miley-Dyer said: "I'm not too disappointed
with my final result. It was really tough conditions out there, and it
really came down to who got the best wave. Unfortunately for me, that was
Silva."


"It was so windy out there that I couldn't even hear the scores, and when I
found out that I only needed a 4-point ride to win when I came in, that
was really disappointing. If I'd known that out there, I probably could've
dug deep and won, but I thought I needed a 7, which was out of reach in those
conditions."


Melanie Redman-Carr placed equal third today, after losing her Semi-Final
tomSilva, while in the other Semi-Final, Samantha Cornish (Aus/NSW/Crescent
Head) was defeated by Miley-Dyer.
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