SEIGNOSSE, France (Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006) – Shifty peaks and wave consistency are to blame for an empty lineup at Les Estagnots today.
After three and a half hours of wave assessment, and despite a surge in swell, contest officials have decided to call the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle off today and will utilize the remaining three days of the waiting period instead.
This could bode well for Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) who, having recently married her shaper Jason Hedges, had the luxury of having him shape her board yesterday after hers were lost in transit.
“Jase shaped me one yesterday and it got glassed last night,”
Georgeson said. “I had to use a board I sold to a shop here after last year’s contest yesterday. I went in there and saw it sitting on the rack and was like ‘hey, can I borrow that please!’”
Not quite as fortunate is Serena Brooke (AUS) who also lost her boards and will be borrowing one from Megan Abubo (HAW) to surf Round 2 once it commences.
The Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle is a critical event for both Brooke and Georgeson. Without a solid result here and in the remaining three events of the year, Brooke will not requalify for the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour. Georgeson needs a win if she wants to retain her world crown and make ground on ratings leaders Layne Beachley (AUS) or Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS).
The next call on competition status will be made tomorrow at 9am.
Round 2 Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle Match-Ups – 1st and 2nd advance to Round 3; 3rd finishes equal 17th
Heat 1: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), Heather Clark (ZAF), Serena Brooke
Heat 2: Chelsea Georgeson (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Trudy Todd (AUS)