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Surfing - 07. July 2008.

Silvana Lima Claims ASP WQS 5-Star Mr. Price Pro

DURBAN, South Africa (Saturday, June 5, 2008) - Extraordinary Brazilian surfer, former ASP World No. 3 Silvana Lima (Rio De Janeiro) won the ASP WQS 5-Star Mr. Price Pro today, defeating 2006 European Junior Champion Pauline Ado (FRA) to become the second ever Brazilian women’s champion at Durban’s New Pier, today.

Posting the only perfect 10 point rides seen in either the Men’s or Women’s events, Lima advanced into the Finals where she proved unstoppable against 17-year-old Ado.

Defeating her European opponent with 17.83 points to Ado’s 13.10 (out of a possible 20.00), Lima jumped from 50th to 20th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

"I’m really, really feeling good," Lima said. "Thanks to God, thanks to my friends, thanks to everybody from Brazil and everyone from here. I feel awesome"

Arguably one of the most radical female surfers on tour, Lima wowed Durban beach-goers with her explosive surfing style defeating ASP WQS No. 1 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals and ASP WQS No. 7 Bruna Schmitz (BRA) in the Semifinals. Lima went on to seal her 2008 Mr. Price Pro victory off a pair of near perfect scores, a 9.33 and 8.50 (both out of 10) in the final.

"I think that Brazilians do so well here because the waves are very similar to what we have at home," Lima said. "The waves are really good here in Durban and I love competing at this event."

Winning the ASP WQS 5-Star in Brazil prior to competing in Durban, Lima said it would be one of her last ASP WQS events this year as she returns her focus to top tier competition on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Ado finished with her career best result, placing runner-up in her second ever ASP WQS competition, jumping to 42nd on the ASP WQS ratings.

"I’m so happy I made the final," Ado said. "When I came here I wasn’t expecting such a good result, I just wanted to get some experience so that I can try to qualify on the ASP WQS next year."

Ado defeated European Junior Champion Lee Ann Curren (FRA) in the Semifinals and South African Roseanne Hodge (East London) in the Quarterfinals, making a big impression in Durban.

"The final was amazing," Ado said. "I knew it would be tough to beat Silvana who was just amazing, she was just ripping the whole event."

Reaching the Quarterfinals were South Africans Rosy Hodge (East London) and Heather Clark (Port Shephard) who finished equal 5th overall when they were eliminated by Schmitz and Ado respectively.

Sally Fitzgibbons and former ASP World Tour campaigner Laurina McGrath (AUS) also ended their campaigns in equal 5th places.

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