SANTANDER, Spain (Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007)- The Rip Curl Girls Festival, Santander, Stop No. 4 of 7 on the ASP Women's World Tour, will get underway at 08h15 (local time) this morning with all six heats of Round 1 to be completed.
One-metre (3-foot) waves are peeling across the sand banks of Liencres beach this morning and with an incoming tide, conditions are expected to improve throughout the morning.
First heat in the water sees former World No.2 Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) pitted against former ASP World Champion and current World No. 6 Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and World No. 10 Melanie Bartels (HAW).
All six heats of Round 1 will be completed this morning, with the possibility of completing the two heats of Round 2 later in the day.
The waiting period for the Rip Curl Girls Festival extends from September 4- 9, 2007 and needs just two full days of surfing to be completed.
The Rip Curl Girls Festival will be broadcast around the world via live webcast transmission online at www.ripcurl.com/girlsfestival
RIP CURL GIRLS PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus); Sofia Mulanovich (PER); Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS; Jessi Miley Dyer (AUS); Caroline Sarran (FRA)
Heat 3: Chelsea Hedges (AUS); Jacqueline Silva (BRA); Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 4: Layne Beachley (AUS); Megan Abubo (HAW); Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS); Amee Donohoe (AUS); Roseanne Hodge (AUS)
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA); Rebecca Woods (AUS); Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)