Dream Tour Qualification comes down to Billabong Pro Maui
The Billabong Pro Maui begins its waiting period and the event will serve as last opportunity for surfers trying to requalify for the 2009 Dream Tour as well as the deciding bout in the hunt for the 2008 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title.
Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion, holds a narrow lead in the Triple Crown ratings, but is being closely stalked by newly-crowned two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, and Silvana Lima (BRA), 24.
Nicola Atherton (AUS), 22, 2008 rookie current No. 13 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, scored her career-best result at Sunset last week with a 4th place finish and will look to continue the momentum at the Billabong Pro Maui to ensure her place amongst the world’s best next season.
“Well, the ASP Women’s World Title has been clinched so I guess the focus is now on the final requalification spots,” Atherton said. “It’s a tough event because it’s the last roll of the dice for people sitting on the bubble. It’s hard not to feel a bit of pressure coming into Maui. I haven’t looked into the current points situation, but I know I need a solid result to keep a spot on tour.”
Atherton will face Gilmore and the surf-off winner in Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Maui.
The 18th spot in the Billabong Pro Maui will be decided by a six-woman surf-off featuring Maui locals Lani Doherty, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Melissa Proud, Alana Hendrickson and Oahu import Carissa Moore.
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