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Surfing - 23. March 2008.

Lay Day Today; Rip Curl Women’s Pro Champion Crowned Tomorrow

BELLS BEACH, Australia (Sunday, Mar. 23, 2008) – After assessing conditions all morning, event organizers for the Rip Curl Pro presented by Snickers and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta have called competition off for the day, citing the small one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves on off at Bells Beach.

Stop No. 2 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro will complete competition tomorrow, the final day of the waiting period. Of the eight remaining quarterfinalists, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro boasts three ASP Women’s World Champions and four past winners of the ASP Women’s World Tour event at Bells Beach.

“We’ve called competition off for the day, but we’ll be running expression sessions and team challenges this afternoon,” Neil Ridgeway, Event Director, said. “It’s a beautiful day in Victoria, but the swell isn’t what we need to run World Tour heats today. We have a projected bump in swell over the evening and we will be completing the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta tomorrow.”

Running in conjunction with the Rip Curl Women’s Pro, the Rip Curl Pro presented by Snickers has completed Rounds 1 and 2 of competition, and will look to run heats amidst the completion of the women’s event tomorrow.

“An inconsistent new swell is expected to fill into the contest site during Monday, with a peak in size expected late in the day,” Ben Matson, official Swellnet forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro, said. “Early light winds will freshen from the N/NE during the morning ahead of an afternoon sea breeze. Monday’s new swell is expected to fade slowly throughout Tuesday, but winds will swing NW and freshen, creating smooth conditions at Bells Beach.”

Event organizers will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30am for a possible 8am start.

Both the Rip Curl Pro and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro will be webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com beginning.

Rip Curl Women’s Pro pres. by Ford Fiesta Quarterfinals Match-Ups
QF 1:
Samantha Cornish (AUS) vs. Layne Beachley (AUS)
QF 2: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
QF 4: Amee Donohoe (AUS) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

Rip Curl Pro pres. by Snickers Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1:
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 10: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 11: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 15: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 16: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)

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