HONOLUA BAY, Maui (Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007) – After a brief pulse last night which saw some solid sets break through Honolua Bay, the swell has dropped once again, prompting event organizers to call the Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines off for the day.
The final event of the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui requires only one full day of competition to complete the event, and with little forecasted swell on tap until later this week, the call was made to postpone the event until improved conditions.
“The small pulse in swell that we experienced last night has all but dissipated this morning and we’ve called competition off,” ASP Head Judge Richie Porta said. “We have a good long waiting priod and with just one more full day of competition left to complete the event, we’ll be waiting for proper conditions to present themselves.”
Following the opening two rounds of competition so far, the Billabong Pro Maui has seen the remaining ASP Women’s World Title contenders Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Silvana Lima (BRA) all advance through to Round 3 with impressive performances at Honolua Bay.
In addition to the hunt for the ASP Women’s World Title, the Vans Triple Crown is coming to a close at Honolua Bay, with frontrunners Mulanovich and Megan Abubo (HAW) tied for the lead. Both Abubo and Mulanovich have each claimed one event in the Vans Triple Crown, and will finish their showdown in Maui.
Next call will be at 7am tomorrow.
All Billabong Pro Maui action will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com/maui07/index.asp and www.aspworldtour.com
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MATCHUPS : Billabong Pro Maui (ASP Women’s World Tour)
ROUND 3: 16 surfers remaining
Heat 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 3: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Keala Kennelly (HAW)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
Heat 6: Amee Donohoe (AUS) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 7: Samatha Cornish (AUS) vs. Megan Abubo (HAW)
Heat 8: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)