HONOLUA BAY, Hawaii (Friday Dec. 9, 2006) – The ASP Women's World Tour title race will come down to the final day of 2006 competition. Today is not that day. The Billabong Pro Maui has been called off this morning.
Three to four foot (one metre) and clean conditions are on offer at Honolua Bay, but swell charts indicate that a surge in swell is expected this evening. At this juncture, there is every indication that the event and the season will wrap up in excellent surf tomorrow.
Only three and a half hours of competition are needed to complete the contest; eight girls remain in contention. The early elimination of world No. 2 Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) yesterday, means only Layne Beachley (AUS) and Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) are still in the running for a World Title.
Beachley and Georgeson sit on opposite sides of the draw and will not meet until the final should they each progress through their quarter and semifinal heats. If that happens, Beachley will win her 7th world title regardless of the outcome because she can clinch even with a second place. Georgeson must make the final (sans Beachley) to stay in contention.
Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7am.
Remaining ASP Women's World Title Possibilities
• Layne can win on 9th or 5th only if Chelsea doesn't make the final.
• She can win with a 3rd place only if Chelsea doesn't win the event.
• She can win with a 2nd place regardless of Chelsea's result.
• She can win with a 1st place regardless of Chelsea's result.
• Chelsea MUST make the finals to be in contention.
• She can win on a 2nd place only if Layne doesn't make the semis.
• She can win on a 1st place only if Layne doesn't make the final as Layne would beat her with a 2nd place.
Billabong Pro Maui Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Keala Kennelly (HAW)
Heat 2: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Chelsea Georgeson (AUS)
Heat 3: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)