Roxy Pro Champion decided today at Sunset Beach
The final day of Roxy Pro competition will commence with the Quarterfinals at 8:30am this morning in three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) surf at Sunset Point.
Stop No. 7 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach will play a vital role in the race for the ASP Women’s World Title, with a possible champion being crowned by day’s end.
“We’re looking at clean conditions this morning in the three-to-five foot range,” Rand Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Event Director, said. “Of course we’d like it to be a bit bigger, but it looks like the swell is projected to get to big for the rest of the waiting period, so we’ll be finishing up the Roxy Pro today.”
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, could clinch her second consecutive ASP Women’s World Title today, should Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, bow out early and the young Australian secures a solid result. Gilmore will face Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, Megan Abubo (HAW), 30, and Coco Ho (HAW), 17, in Quarterfinal 2.
The Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach also marks the second stop on the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), with the winner being crowned after the final event in Maui.
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