Billabong Girls Pro Rio will hit the water this morning at 10:15am

Rebecca Woods (AUS), 23, won the ASP WQS 4-Star event in Rio yesterday and will look to continue the momentum today. Event No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, is set to play a pivotal part in the race for the Women’s 2008 World Title as well as the requalification campaigns for the 2009 Dream Tour.

Rebecca Woods.  Copyright: ASP TOWNER“We will be running Round 1 with Round 2 on standby,” Brooke Farris, ASP Women’s World Tour Manager, said. “Solid matchups in all six heats of Round 1 with the girls eager to find their feet in Rio and some vital mid tour ratings points.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour rating, will face the explosive Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, and wildcard Tita Tavares (BRA), 32, in Heat 3.

Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 25, former ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 2 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour will take on stylish South African Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 21, and wily veteran Serena Brooke (AUS), 32, in Heat 4.

Samantha Cornish (AUS), 27, defending event champion, has had a solid year thus far and will be looking to claim her first event win of 2008. The competition-savvy natural-footer will face Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), 33, in Heat 2.

First up will be Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, up against winner of yesterday’s ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star event Rebecca Woods (AUS), 23, and Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER), 26.

Silvana Lima.  Copyright: ASP Cestari

Billabong Girls Pro Rio prepares for imminent ASP Top 17 assault

The waiting period for the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio is just days from commencing and the world’s best female surfers are descending upon the idyllic beaches of Barra de Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro for stop No. 4 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Normen Günzlein.  Copyright: Judith Ebeling

Antxon Otaegui is the first Spanish European Freestyle Champion

For the first time the title as European Champion in Freestyle Windsurfing goes to Spain. Antxon Otaegui, 24 years old talent from Lanzarote, led the Euopean Freestyle Pro Tour EFPT through the whole season.


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