SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (Monday, Nov. 26, 2007) – Competition for the Roxy Pro Hawaii, the second to last event on the 2007 ASP Women's World Tour, will not commence today citing small surf and forecasted swell on the horizon.
When women's competition does commence at Sunset Beach, the first matter of business will be an eight-woman trials event held to decide the final surfer in the the Roxy Pro. The Roxy Pro Trials will consist of three four-woman heats, with the winner of the final heat facing Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) in Heat 3 of Round 1.
The Roxy Pro trialists are Carissa Moore (HAW), Alisha Gonsalves (HAW), Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Francisca Pereira dos Santos (PRT), Lee Ann Curren (FRA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS).
Surfline.com are forecasting an increase in swell later today and overnight that is expected to see either the Roxy Pro or the O'neill World Cup of Surfing – the final event on the 2007 men's ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) – start tomorrow
Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 27th. FUEL TV will produce and air coverage of the Roxy Pro Hawaii.
Round 1 Roxy Pro Hawaii Heat Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Roseanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Caroline Sarran (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Wildcard (TBD)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Leilani Gryde (HAW)
Heat 5: Layne Beachley (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW), Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
Heat 6: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)
The ASP Women's World Title clinching scenario for the Roxy Pro Hawaii is as follows:
Mathematically, World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), former ASP Women's World Champions Layne Beachley (AUS), Chelsea Hedges (AUS) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER), as well as current world No. 6 Samantha Cornish (AUS) are capable of overtaking ratings leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) with two wins if Gilmore doesn't post better than a combination of 9th or 17th place results in the last two events of the season.
Should Gilmore earn a 5th at Sunset Beach, Hedges, Beachley and Cornish will be out of contention leaving only Lima and Mulanovich in the race.
If Mulanovich bows out early with a 17th at Sunset Beach, Gilmore needs a 9th to knock her out of contention. If Mulanovich earns a 9th at Sunset Beach, Gilmore needs a 5th. If Gilmore finishes 4th or better, Mulanovich can't win.
Gilmore can clinch the title at the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach if she posts a 3rd place result and Lima finishes 17th or 9th. If Lima finishes 5th or 4th Gilmore must finish 2nd to win the title there. If Lima posts a 3rd place result, Gilmore must win the event or the race will continue to Maui.
Esentially, if Gilmore wins the event and Lima finishes 3rd or lower, the 2007 ASP Women's World Title belongs to Gilmore.