HONOLUA BAY, Hawaii (Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006) – Only three rounds of competition (seven 30-minute heats) are left in the Billabong Pro Maui which will get underway at 10am at Honolua Bay. Due to the intensely close nature of the ASP Women's World Title Race, the 2006 title could be decided within one hour of competition commencement.
Six-time world champion Layne Beachley (AUS) and reigning world champion Chelsea Georgeson (AUS), each of whom have been Billabong Pro Maui champions at some juncture, will headline proceedings in excellent four to eight foot (two to three metre) waves.
If Georgeson fails to advance out of Quarterfinal 2 against Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Beachley will win world title No. 7 before she even paddles out for her Quarterfinal heat against Rebecca Woods (AUS).
Should Georgeson beat Bevilacqua and Beachley lose to Woods, Georgeson would have to make the final to clinch. If both surfers advance through their quarterfinal heats, Beachley has to bow out in the semifinals and Georgeson has to make the final to win.*
Georgeson has won the Billabong Pro Maui and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series for the last two years. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Melanie Bartels (HAW) are the surfers still competing in the Billabong Pro Maui who look like likely contenders for the 2006 Triple Crown Title.
Logon to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com to watch it all live!