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Billabong Pro Maui
Presented by Hawaiian Airlines


ASP Women's World Tour event #8
Honolua Bay Maui Hawaii
8 - 20 December 2008


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SURFERS SWIM WITH DOLPHIN POD AT HONOLUA BAY
Fifth Straight Lay-Day for BILLABONG PRO MAUI


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 December, 2008 : - - Honolua Bay -- Hawaii's Honolua Bay has yet to produce the waves in which to finalize the Billabong Pro Maui however it turned on a magical morning for retiring seven-time world surfing champion LAYNE BEACHLEY (Aus) and Brazilian
charger SILVANA LIMA.


Both ASP tournament quarter-finalists swam alongside a playful pod of hundreds of Spinner Dolphins at Honolua Bay Marine Reserve, as the fifth straight lay-day was called due to no surf at the world famous break. "It was one of those amazing moments in life for me," said Beachley, who claimed five of her seven ASP world titles at the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay.


"They were alongside of us, under us, all around us and we were right in the middle of 'The Bay'. It was serene and surreal to be with wild dolphins in their own environment." "Honolua has been a fantastic part of my life and today just capped it off," added Beachley.


 



Layne Beachley : photo ASP Cestari/Covered Images 


 


Tournament top heat scorer LIMA, was also thrilled by the experience stating, "I have never had anything like that happen to me before." "It was incredible to be swimming with so many dolphins." "They were everywhere, you just wanted to stay out there forever with them," added Lima.


Current world no.3 LIMA is on target to finish the 2008 season in the runner-up position behind two-time world champion STEPHANIE GILMORE
(AUS) on the end of year ASP women's world tour rankings. The fluid and progressive surfer is also in contention for the prestigious 2008 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing awarded to the top performer over the three-event Hawaiian leg. LIMA is sitting in third behind frontrunner BEACHLEY and GILMORE.


Event No. 8 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui enjoyed a solid day of competition last Wednesday, but has been unable to run the final day of competition due to a complete lack of swell. "The Bay is flat once again today so no Billabong Pro Maui competition," Dino Andino, Billabong Pro Maui Contest Director, said.


"We have five more days left in the waiting period so we'll see what's coming on the swell forecasts but we'll also be laying the groundwork for contingency plans should we need them."


Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start.


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BILLABONG PRO MAUI QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
QF 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
QF 4: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)


The 2008 Billabong Pro Maui has a waiting period until December 20, 2008. 


 



Melanie Bartels : photo ASP Cestari/Covered Images 


 


 


Sunday: Still No Surf for Billabong Pro Maui


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 December, 2008 : - - Honolua Bay -- Heavy rains and no surf forced yet another lay day for the Billabong Pro Maui. The final event of the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui enjoyed fantastic surf last Wednesday for the opening day of competition, but has since been plagued by little-to-no surf.


With the Quarterfinalists decided, only one day of competition is required to complete the Billabong Pro Maui. “Still no swell here to finish the final day of the Billabong Pro Maui,” Andino said. “We’ll be back tomorrow at 7am to see if there are any improvements.”


Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start.


The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Maui will run through December 20, 2008. 


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BILLABONG PRO MAUI QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
QF 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
QF 4: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)


 



 


Saturday: Billabong Pro Maui Competition Off Today


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 December, 2008 : - - Honolua Bay -- The Billabong Pro Maui has been called off once again, with only small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5) metre) range on offer at Honolua Bay. The final stop of the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui completed the first day of competition last Wednesday in beautiful conditions, but has since been on hold with no waves to speak of.

“Another day with no waves here so we won’t be running the Billabong Pro Maui,” Dino Andino, Billabong Pro Maui Contest Director, said. “We’re tacking a possible bump in swell a couple days out, but we’ll be back each morning to assess conditions for a possible start.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start. The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Maui will run through December 20, 2008.

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BILLABONG PRO MAUI QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
QF 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
QF 4: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)

BILLABONG PRO MAUI ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.50, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.15, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.25
Heat 2: Layne Beachley (AUS) 16.50, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 9.75, Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 8.25
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.15, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 8.55, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.95
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.25, Megan Abubo (HAW) 10.90, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 7.65
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.50, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.75, Serena Brooke (AUS) 9.65
Heat 6: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 16.10, Karina Petroni (USA) 14.00, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 8.75

BILLABONG PRO MAUI ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.25, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.00, Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 11.60
Heat 2: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 12.85, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.75, Serena Brooke (AUS) 10.15

BILLABONG PRO MAUI ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) 15.00 def. Nicola Atherton (AUS) 11.65
Heat 2: Rosanne Hodge (AUS) 13.70 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 13.35
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.00 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 7.75
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.50 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.85
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.50 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 5.75
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 16.80 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 15.50
Heat 7: Megan Abubo (HAW) 12.25 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 7.00
Heat 8: Silvana Lima (BRA) 18.00 def. Karina Petroni (USA) 11.75

Previous reports:
# 1 : 
Billabong Pro Maui set for Honolua - celebrates year 10
# 2 : ASP top 17 gear up for showdown at Billabong Pro Maui
# 3 : Womens Dreamtour qualification comes down to Maui

# 4 : Billabong Pro Maui gets day off, possible start on Weds
# 5 : Billabong Pro Maui quarterfinalists decided at Honolua
# 6 : Honolua Bay goes flat, Billabong Pro Maui gets lay day

# 7 : Triple Crown title to be won at the Billabong Pro Maui.. 
# 8 : Small surf forces another lay day for Billabong Pro Maui

www.billabongpro.com
www.aspworldtour.com
www.triplecrownofsurfing.com


 


 
 


About Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
The $815,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-23 (6* WQS, men and women), the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (6*WQS men), The Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT); and the Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT). In addition to $815,000 in prize money, which includes a $10,000 bonus for both the men’s and women’s Vans Triple Crown champions, the men’s champion will also receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Nixon tide watch featuring over two-carats of diamonds and valued at over $10,000.


 


 



About ASP: 
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. 


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