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Surfing - 19. August 2007.

Jessi Miley-Dyer steals the show at the WQS Billabong Girls Pro Itacare

The Aussie made the best performance of the week at Tiririca Beach

The Aussie Jessi Miley-Dyer steals the show at the Billabong Girls Pro WQS. In her first appearance the waves were really good reaching 5 feet at Tiririca Beach. Jessi surfed the best wave of the contest when she scored a near-perfect 9,75, after that she scored a 8,0 to establish 17,75 out of a maximum 20 points. “I’m really happy about these records, it’s hard surfing here in Itacare, it’s also hard to get back to the line-up”, said Jessi, the current WQS Champion. Next Monday is the first day of the waiting period of the Billabong Girls Pro WCT which ends on August 27th. Last year’s winner of the event, Tita Tavares (BRA) was eliminated from the event by Silvana Lima and Tais de Almeida, who won the all Brazilian heat and still in the race to qualify for next year’s WCT.


“I’m really happy to advance to next round. I have to, at least, make the final here to improve my chances to qualify for the WCT. My goal is to arrive in Hawaii closer to the group of 12 surfers that will compete in the WCT next year”, said Tais, who was also happy about Billabong keeping this WQS event in Brazil. Tais and Silvana Lima (BRA) will meet Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Nikita Robb (ZAF) in the quarter-finals.

Brazilian sensation Silvana Lima eliminated last year’s winner of the Billabong Girls Pro WQS Tita Tavares (BRA). “The conditions are much better than yesterday. Tita caught her last wave in the end of the heat but thankfully she couldn’t get the score she needed. I hope to find some good waves tomorrow”, said Silvana, who is sponsored by Billabong. “I’m really happy about Billabong keeping the event here, it’s very important for Brazilians surfers like Tais de Almeida to compete at home since there aren’t many events in Brazil”, completed Silvana, whose main focus is on the Billabong Girls Pro WCT next week.

“We are very good friends and we are from the same team. She’s doing really well this year. I’m happy to be in Brazil once again, specially this time where I’m still in the race for the WQS title”, said Jessi Miley-Dyer, who commented about her teammate Jacqueline Silva. Even though Jacqueline Silva (BRA) was eliminated in her first heat, she’s still the leader of the WQS ranking and the title will be decided in the last WQS event of the year in Hawaii. Jacqueline was ousted from the event in the heat where Ausie Amee Donohoe finished 1st and Brazilian Krisna de Souza came in 2nd.

“It’s tough out there. The current is really strong, we wanted two Brazilians to advance, but unfortunately the Ausie had a good start and won the heat”, said Krisna de Souza (BRA), who has done very well in events in Brazil. “This event is really important for surfers like myself who don’t have a sponsor, we need more events in Brazil to show the world our potential”, completed Krisna.

Krisna de Souza, Silvana Lima and Tais de Almeida were the only Brazilians to advance to next round on Saturday. On the other hand other 9 surfers from Brazil were eliminated form the event. Jacqueline Silva lost her heat to Krisna de Souza by only 0,5 points. In a similar situation were Cláudia Gonçalves and Diana Cristina who lost their heats by very little to finish the event 17th, receiving 300 dollars and 600 points in the WQS ranking each. The new champion of the Billabong Girls Pro WQS will earn 3.500 dollars and 1.500 points in the WQS ranking.

The Billabong Girls Pro Itacare, third event of the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour 2007 and 12nd of the WQS are sponsored by Bahia’s State Government , GOL, Nixon, Von Zipper and Kustom. The event is co-sponsored by Star Point Surf Shops, Tropical Island, Aerosurf, Hot Water, Litoral 655, Surf Trip, Surf Adventure, Kyw, Itacare’s city government, ACERTI, CBS – Brazilin Confederation of Surfing, Bahia’s Surfing Federation, Itacare’s Association of Surfing, with both events being Licensed by the Association of Surfing Professionals – ASP South America. Both events will be broadcasted live by: www.billabongpro.com and www.aspworldtour.com.

João Carvalho – Press Officer - ASP South America - [email protected]

Flavia Andreatta – Press Officer - Billabong Brazil[email protected]

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