Sofia Mulanovich : photo Michel Romero
Mancora Peru Classic
ASP WCT Women's Event #6
Mancora Peru South America
30 October - 4 November 2007
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SOFIA MULANOVICH DOMINATES ROUND 1 OF MANCORA PERU CLASSIC
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 October, 2007 : - - Mancora,Peru Former ASP Womens World Champion and Peruvian icon Sofia Mulanovich dominated the opening round of competition today at the Mancora Peru Classic in clean one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves.
Mulanovich came up against Hawaiian veterans Megan Abubo and Rochelle Ballard, netting back-to-back 8-point rides and comboing the field before closing the door shut with an incredible 9.25 out of a possible 10. I really enjoy surfing my waves, Mulanovich said. This is the first time in competition that Ive surfed the waves that I grew up surfing. Here and Lobitos and all down this North Coast is amazing. I grew up surfing here and its all good.
Currently sitting 3rd on the 2007 ASP Womens World Tour ratings, a solid result in Peru could see Mulanovich become a real threat for the 2007 Title. Im trying not to think about the World Title yet, Mulanovich said. Im trying to do things wave by wave and heat by heat and well see what happens.
Reigning and seven-time ASP Womens World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) posted a commanding Round 1 win this morning over compatriot Rebecca Woods (AUS) and European rookie Caroline Sarran (FRA). Beachleys backhand mastery and ice-cold heat strategy was apparent in the impressive win which saw her net a 14.75 out of a possible 20 heat total.
Roseanne Hodge : photo Towner/ASP Covered Images
I think with an 8-point ride, its definitely built my confidencem, Beachley said. Ive struggled to score decent scores this year so it feels good. I feel a lot more relaxed since my world title hopes were dashed in Manly so now Im just relaxed and focusing on surfing and having fun. I probably should have done that all year.
Claire Belivacqua (AUS) posted a sensational come-from-behind victory over Brazilian powerhouse Silvana Lima and lethal wildcard Anali Gomez (PER). Needing a solid score with moments to go, Bevilacqua swung into a wide-breaking lefthander and tore it to shreds for a 7.00 out of a possible 10, rocketing her from 3rd to 1st.
When I came in from my heat, I had no idea if I even got through, Bevilacqua said. There was so much crazy emotion and energy from the crowd and everyone was screaming Peru! Peru! Peru! I thought that Id lost. Im excited for the Peruvians and that theyre so into this sport. It makes us feel really special.
Event organizers and competitors will convene tomorrow at 7am for a possible 7:30am start. When competition resumes, Round 2 will hit the water with Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Sarran (FRA) and Leilani Gryde (HAW) first up. The LIVE webcast, event information, photos and videos will be available via aspworldtour.com.
Layne Beachley : photo Towner/ASP Covered Images
FUEL TV will air its full coverage of the 2007 Mancora Peru Classic on December 20, 2007 at 8pm PT/ET in their Surf Spot programming block.
ROUND 1 RESULTS: MANCORA PERU CLASSIC
Heat 1: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 11.50, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.25, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.50
Heat 2: Layne Beachley (AUS) 14.75, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.60, Caroline Sarran (FRA) 7.15
Heat 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.50, Anali Gomez (PER) 11.50, Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.40
Heat 4: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 13.50, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.00, Leilane Gryde (HAW) 8.90
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 17.25, Megan Abubo (HAW) 8.75, Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 8.00
Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 14.25, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 13.15, Samantha Cornish (AUS) 10.90
ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS: MANCORA PERU CLASSIC
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Sarran (FRA), Leilani Gryde (HAW)
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Samantha Cornish (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW)
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