SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (Monday, Nov. 27, 2006) –Lack of swell has seen the Roxy Pro Hawaii called off again today, Nov. 27, 2006, but when competition resumes at Sunset Beach, Megan Abubo (HAW) will be one of the first back in the lineup.
The Oahu local has drawn Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Jacqueline Silva (BRA) and Keala Kennelly (HAW) in Heat 1 of Round 3 – a top two finish in that heat will earn the current world No. 9 a Semifinal berth.
"I'm feeling really confident," Abubo said. "I'm happy with my surfing right now and happy to be at home. "There's something about putting my foot in the water at home; I always feel a little bit better. I'm not even thinking about the ratings really, I'm just thinking about doing well at my sponsor's event and doing well at home."
Abubo may not be thinking about the ratings, but sitting just one spot above the ASP Women's World Tour requalification cutoff, she's certainly aware that she needs to surf well at Sunset to cement her spot amongst next year's elite. Considering Abubo lives within walking distance of the contest break, a solid result here is certainly attainable.
Surf reports indicate that there may be a possible increase in swell this evening and that competition could recommence tomorrow. An official call on competition status will be made at 7am tomorrow, Nov. 28, 2006.
Round Three Roxy Pro Hawaii Match-ups: (1st and 2nd advance to Semifinals; 3rd and 4th Eliminated)
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Megan Abubo (HAW), Keala Kennelly (HAW)
Heat 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Chelsea Georgeson (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 3: Layne Beachley (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Heather Clark (ZAF)
Heat 4: Rebecca Woods (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), Serena Brooke (AUS)