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Rosy Hodge Takes Third At Six-Star Midori Pro
Australia – East London surfing prodigy Rosy Hodge placed a very creditable third place at the Six-Star World Qualifying Series (WQS) Midori Pro at Newcastle’s Mereweather Beach. Rosy lost her semi-final to reigning world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore. A third place in 2008’s biggest WQS event for women in Australia earned Rosy a healthy 1825 points and US$2,000. Second place went to Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia.
Rosy in action at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast where she placed ninth.
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Twenty-year old Rosy competed on the 2007 World Tour, but didn’t have the best year and had mixed results. She was relegated to the WQS, but was re-instated on the World Tour when one of the girls, Chelsea Hedges, had to relinquish her spot on the tour due to pregnancy. Rosy jumped back on and set hard to work.
Barry Wolins from Quiksilver South Africa was pleased to hear the results. “We are stoked for Rosy. She used her first year on the tour as a learning process, and she has done well to redress errors she might have made in the past,” said Wolins. “She is training hard, working on her her equipment, and getting her head in the right place. It is obviously paying off and we expect even bigger things from Rosy in the future.”
Rosy is sitting at a comfortable second place on the WQS, in a tie position with Alana Blanchard from Hawaii. They both have 3700 points. Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia is on top of the series at this stage with a 6150 point total.
On the premier ASP Women’s World Tour, Rosy is placed tie eleventh after a ninth place in the Roxy Pro Gold Coast and a ninth place at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Each season's Women's ASP World Tour seed list is made up of 17 surfers (the top 10 rated ASP World Tour surfers, the top 6 rated WQS surfers, and 1 ASP Wildcard).
Rosy will now head down to Margaret River to compete in the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by O’Neill Australia. To follow Rosy’s progress or to watch the event live, log onto www.aspworldtour.com and click on the Margaret River event link.