BELLS BEACH, Australia (Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2007) – The ASP Women's World Tour field will be whittled from 18 to 8 with the running of Rounds 1, 2 &3 of the Rip Curl Women's Pro today.
The competition will commence in three foot (one metre) waves at Bells Beach at 7:30am. First up is Silvana Lima of Brazil, Claire Bevilacqua of Australia and Melanie Bartels of Hawaii. First and second will advance to Round 3 while the third place surfer in Round 1 must negotitate Round 2.
Three-time Bells Beach champion Layne Beachley (AUS) and defending champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will surf with tour veteran Rochelle Ballard in Heat 4 of Round 1.
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND ONE MATCH-UPS
HEAT 1: Silvana Lima (BRA), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)
HEAT 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Caroline Sarran (FRA)
HEAT 3: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Samantha Cornish (AUS), Amy Stewart (AUS)
HEAT 4: Layne Beachley (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
HEAT 5: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
HEAT 6: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)