Mauai, Hawaii - East London surfer Rosy Hodge has requalified for the 2010 Association of Surfing Professional (ASP) World Tour after finishing 10th on this year's tour. The 22 year old natural footer first qualified for the Dream Tour in 2006 after just one year on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and has remained a fixed installment ever since. 2010 will mark Hodge's fourth consecutive year on the ASP World Tour, and she is looking forward to improving on her 2009 result.
"I am really pleased to have qualified for the 2010 tour," said an ecstatic Hodge from Hawaii. "I'm really relieved and excited because it was a pretty crazy year competing and the WCT and the WQS. 2009 was a pretty weird year with all the economic craziness, and the waves were not always amazing but I made some really good memories and had some good times."
Going into the Hawaiian leg of the tour Hodge was lying 10th, and several of the girls behind her on the rankings could have knocked her out of the top 10 and prevented her from qualifying. Despite the pressure, Hodge showed her resilience and managed to secure a 9th in the last event of the year at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, and hold off the challenge from Samantha Cornish and Jacqueline Silva who finished 11th and 12th respectively. Hodge's year saw her earn US$33,600 in prize money and was punctuated by a third place finish in the Rip Curl Search in Portugal. Hodge's 10th place finish is her highest placing on the overall tour to date, having placed 11th in 2007 and 12th in 2008.
"I think 2010 is going to be an awesome year," said Hodge. "I woke up this morning and I'm already getting into training mode. I just want to get better and work on my boards and get myself into shape. Also thanks to my family, Sacha, my friends, Spider and Joan and Roxy for the support in 2009. Hopefully 2010 will be a cracker!"
A product of East London's powerful right hand point breaks, Hodge has had to adapt her surfing to suit an array of different waves on the world tour, from the intimidating reef breaks of Hawaii to the beachbreaks of Australia. Entering her fourth year competing at the highest level, Hodge has now entrenched herself as a regular despite her young age, and her Top 10 finish has garnered a large amount of respect from the international surfing community.
2009 ASP World Tour Top 10:
1. Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) 6169
2. Silvana Lima (Brazil) 4944
3. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 4863
4. Coco Ho (Hawaii) 4309
5. Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) 4188
6. Melanie Bartels (Hawaii) 3705
7. Chelsea Hedges (Australia) 3595
8. Paige Hareb (New Zealand) 2976
9. Rebecca Woods (Australia) 2803
10. Rosanne Hodge (South Africa) 2784
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