BELLS BEACH, Australia (Saturday, Mar. 22, 2008) – The world’s best surfers took to the lineup this afternoon to battle it out in clean three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Bells Beach as the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta ran through Round 3 of competition, determining the eight remaining Quarterfinalists.
Stop No. 2 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro has showcased the undeniable talents of the world’s best surfers over the past few days, and with three ASP Women’s World Champions as well as four past winners of the ASP Women’s World Tour event at Bells Beach remaining in the draw, the finale of the 2008 Rip Curl Women’s Pro is shaping up to be an impressive affair.
Layne Beachley (AUS), seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and three-time winner of the ASP Women’s World Tour event at Bells Beach (’94, ’98, ’99), displayed her refined form this afternoon, collecting the day’s high heat total of a 16.96 out of a possible 20 en route to her Round 3 victory over Serena Brooke (AUS).
“The surf out there today is really touch and go,” Beachley said. “Some heats will have plenty of waves breaking through the bowl while others will only have one or two. I tried to get a few waves under my belt at the start and really tried to use the whole wave and surf them all the way to the beach.”
Beachley, who was absent from the winner’s dais last season, is keen to put another victory on her scorecard, eyeing the Rip Curl Women’s Pro title as a fitting start to her 2008 ASP Women’s World Title campaign.
“Last year was the first season in a long time that I wasn’t able to win an event,” Beachley said. “I came close a few times – I lost to Steph (Gilmore) in Peru in the last few seconds. I think a lot of my focus has been detracted by trying to run a business as well as the richest women’s surfing event in history, and to go after the ASP Women’s World Title, you need to make that your primary focus. I’m super motivated to perform this year, and I would love to ring the bell come the end of the contest.”
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and defending Rip Curl Women’s Pro Champion, dispatched of 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Karina Petroni (USA) this afternoon, opening with a solid 8.67 out of a possible 10 to put the pressure on the young Floridian in the inconsistent conditions.
“I was very happy to get that wave under my belt early as there haven’t been too many coming through out there,” Gilmore said. “I guess I didn’t feel like I did a whole lot to merit that kind of a score, but I was pleased when I heard it.”
Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), who was absent from the season opener on the Gold Coast of Australia due to injury, looks to be back in fine form at Bells Beach, posting a solid 14.67 out of a possible 20, advancing through to the Quarterfinals.
“I was really pleased to get an 8.17 in that heat as there haven’t been too many good waves coming through the bowl today,” Miley-Dyer said. “I’ve only been surfing for about a week since the injury so to get through to the Quarterfinals and post a solid score is a real confidence boost.”
Miley-Dyer will square off against current world No. 1 Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in Quarterfinal 3 when competition resumes.
When Rip Curl Women’s Pro competition recommences, Samantha Cornish (AUS) and Layne Beachley (AUS) will begin Quarterfinal action with the opening heat.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to determine the official call for the day.
Both the Rip Curl Pro and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro will be webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com
Rip Curl Women’s Pro pres. by Ford Fiesta Round 3 Results
Heat 1: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.76 def. Nicola Atherton (AUS) 8.83
Heat 2: Layne Beachley (AUS) 16.96 def. Serena Brooke (AUS) 6.83
Heat 3: Megan Abubo (HAW) 12.33 vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.84 def. Karina Petroni (USA) 7.26
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.33 def. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 7.83
Heat 6: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 14.67 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.27
Heat 7: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.97 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.33
Heat 8: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 7.03
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 2 Result:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.17 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 5.50
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.33 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 6.63
Heat 3: Troy Brooks (AUS) 16.10 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.50
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.50 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 8.23
Heat 5: Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.67 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.33
Heat 6: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 11.30 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 10.33
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.66 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.60
Heat 8: Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.00 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.14
Heat 9: Tim Reyes (USA) 13.33 vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 6.80
Heat 10: Daniel Wills (AUS) 13.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.57
Heat 11: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 12.77 def. Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 10.50
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.50 def. Bruce Irons (HAW)11.67
Heat 13: Luke Munro (AUS) 11.27 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 9.33
Heat 14: Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.73 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.64
Heat 15: Roy Powers (HAW) 13.33 def. Ben Bourgeois (USA) 9.53
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.33 def. Michael Campbell (AUS) 7.06
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)