Do they pee test the competitors at this thing? Now that would be a story…
Tuesday March 31 2009, Margaret River WA: Immediate Release: On a shortened morning that took best advantage of the clean 1m surf at Surfer’s Point Margaret River, a number of highly seeded ASP World Tour surfers have been bundled out of the Drug Aware Pro.
Round two of the Drug Aware Women’s saw Bruna Schmitz (Brazil), Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) and Australian’s Serena Brooke and Rebecca Woods all eliminated.
Highlighting the emerging young women surfers was Lee Ann Curran (France) who won today’s opening heat and was responsible for Rebecca Woods early exit from the event.
With a modest heat tally on her top two scoring rides of 10.87 to Woods on only 7.16, Curren is focused on elite ASP World Tour qualification this year and after her heat said “ Very relieved to get through that heat, Rebecca is a great competitor and always hard to beat but conditions were tricky out there today and I think I got the best of wave selection which made all the difference.”
Lee Ann is the daughter of former ASP three time world champion Tom Curren.
Hawaiia’s Coco Ho, Argentine’s Claudia Goncalves and Australia’s Angela Keighran were other younger emerging surfers to progress through to the final 24 surfers of the women’s division and with larger surf predicted in the coming days, round three through to finals looks certain to be decided in excellent conditions.
Just two heats of the Drug Aware Men’s round one were completed today when strong westerly onshore winds saw event organizers cancel the day.
With excellent surf likely from tomorrow onwards organizers are looking to quality control all heats.
In the four man early round heats where two surfers progress and two are eliminated, Australian surfers Lincoln Taylor (Qld) and Michael Spencer (NSW) advanced to round two along with internationals Kai Barger (Hawaii) and Brandon Jackson (South Africa).
Barger is the current ASP World Junior Champion and is suffering knee problems but managed to advance in second place behind Michael Spencer.
“The conditions became pretty bad during that heat but this is a sick venue. We still managed to pick up 6’s and 7’s, which was surprising. I have a bum knee, so I am not sure how I am placed for heats later in the week. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and getting to know the waves, so I’ll see how I go.”
Current number one rated surfer on the ASP World Qualifying Series Bruno Santos of Brazil suffered a setback to his great early start on the qualifying series by being eliminated in his opening round heat today.
Today’s early cancellation of the event will see a very early start tomorrow at 7:00am and great waves are expected.
Drug Aware Pro Margaret River is the biggest ASP World Qualifying Series Six Star Prime Rated event in the world. Prize money totalling $US145 000 and essential prime rated points on the ASP World Qualifying Series ensures an outstanding field of the world’s best surfers. A field of more than 250 surfers representing countries such as New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, USA, Peru, Brazil, South Africa, France, Spain, England, Portugal, Reunion Island, Canary Islands, Japan and Israel will be competing with some of Australia’s best surfers across the week long event.
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