ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) AFRICA
Mr Price Pro
5-Star ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) Event
New Pier, Durban, South Africa
July 2-8, 2007
LIVE on www.aspworldtour.com and www.mrpricepro.com
DURBAN, South Africa (Thursday, 5 July, 2007)
Competing in a disgruntled ocean, caused by the fresh onshore breeze, Robb and Guy were the only Saffas to advance through a potent international field that took its toll on local campaigners.
Robb, who won the Mr Price Pro Junior Girls division on Saturday, waited for the right waves to unleash a solid backhand attack which saw her defeat Charlotte Catton (France), Erica Hosseini (France) and Bruna Schmitz (Brazil).
“It's hard work out there – it's so difficult to find the right waves. That’s one advantage I think I had over the other girls, just having surfed so many heats out here before, I think I just knew I had to go a little deeper with the pushing tide. I really hope I make a few more heats, I've bombed out in the Round of 24 too many times, so I hope that changes this year,” Robb said.
Stacey Guy had to work hard for her runner- up spot behind heat winner, and former Mr Price Pro Champion Jacqueline Sliva (Brazil), the powerful natural footer edging out Tais Almeida (Brazil) on her final wave, to advance into the Round of 24.
Sixteen-year-old Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) proved to be the day’s standout, posting scores in the excellent category. Scoring an 8.00 (out of a possible ten) point ride followed by an 8.90 for a big off the top, powerful slash and controlled floater, Fitzgibbons advanced ahead of two time Mr Price Pro Champion Serena Brooke (2003 & 2004), Sarah Beardmore (Aus) and Tasha Mentasti (Durban North).
Former Mr Price Pro Junior champion Karina Petroni (USA) emerged as the second highest wave scorer of the day, posting an 8.67 when she managed to stroke into one of the few open faced waves that came through. Performing a series of impressive carves, Petroni assumed the heat lead, taking the eventual win over World No. 8 Melanie Redman- Carr (Aus), Jenny Quam (USA) and Danielle le Roux (Durban).
Also advancing in first place were ASP World Junior Champion Nicola Atherton (Aus), top seed and current WQS No. 1 Jessi Miley Dyer (Aus), Sheridan Shields (Aus), World No. 12 Caroline Sarran (France), World No. 4 Rebecca Woods (Aus) and former ASP World Tour campaigner Julia Christian (USA).
The last two heats of the Women’s Round of 48 will be completed at 08h00 tomorrow, followed by the Round of 24 at 13h50.
The final takes place at approximately 15h35 on Saturday 7 July 2007.
The Mr Price Pro forms part of the Durban Beach Festival and is being broadcast live on the webcast at www.mrpricepro.com.
Heat 1 Jacqueline Silva, BRA 13.00; Stacy Guy, ZAF 9.10; Tais Almeida, BRA 7.67; Erina Taniguchi, JPN 6.76
Heat 2 Caroline Sarran, FRA 7.80; Kaori Mayaguchi, JPN 5.63; Penny Robarts, 5.43
Heat 3 Sheridan Shields, AUS 13.60; Laurina McGrath, 13.33; Jaimee Wheatley, AUS 10.23; Sarah Baum, ZAF 7.10
Heat 4 Karina Petroni, USA 14.84; Melanie Redman-Carr, AUS 9.83; Jenny Quam, USA 3.20; Danielle Le Roux, ZAF 2.43
Heat 5 Jessi Miley-Dyer, AUS 13.00; Kim Mayer, USA 9.86; Lindsey Baldwin, USA 9.30; Ornella Pellizzari, ARG 7.57
Heat 6 Sally Fitzgibbons, AUS 16.90; Serena Brooke, AUS 11.33; Sarah Beardmore, AUS 6.60; Tasha Mentasti, ZAF 5.14
Heat 7 Nicola Atherton, AUS 9.00; Kyla Langen, USA 8.57; Kirsty Delport, ZAF 8.40; Paige Alms, 4.74
Heat 8 Julia Christian, USA 13.17; Samantha Cornish, 9.93; Bethany Hamilton, 7.57; Amandine Sanchez, FRA 5.37
Heat 9 Rebecca Woods, AUS 11.07; Suelen Naraisa, BRA; Chantelle Rautenbach, ZAF 8.83; Juliana Quint, BRA 5.00
Heat 10 Nikita Robb, ZAF ; Erica Hosseini, USA ; Bruna Schmitz, BRA ; Charlotte Caton, FRA
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photos Janos Schmidt