Billabong Girls Pro Rio Round 1
Event No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Girls Pro Rio called competition off for the day following the completion of Round 1 in hopes that better waves with manifest later in the week.
Round 1 of the Billabong Girls Pro Rio was completed today in challenging two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, and despite the onshore and inconsistent conditions, the ASP Top 17 lit up the playful beachbreaks to post some solid scores.
Megan Abubo (HAW), 30, took top honors today, crushing the Barra da Tijuca peaks on her forehand to net the day’s high heat total of a 14.65 out of a possible 20.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, powered through the challenging conditions today, besting wildcard Maria Tita Tavares (BRA), 32, and Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26.
Other Round 1 standouts included Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, and Silvana Lima (BRA), 23.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8:30am for a possible 9am Round 2 start. Opening up the elimination Round 2 will be Samantha Cornish (AUS), 27, up against Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER), 26, and Serena Brooke (AUS), 32.
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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.
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.