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Rebecca Woods going strong at Billabong Girls Festival

 

 

Rebecca Woods : photo Aquashot/ASP Europe

Billabong Girls Cascais Festival

Women's 6 Star WQS Event #9
Cascais, Portugal
31 July - 3 August 2008

Woods Leads Strong International Contingent Towards Business End in Portugal   > Portugues embaixo

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 July, 2008 : - - Cascais -- The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) WQS Women’s 6-Star Billabong Cascais Girls Festival enjoyed a great opening day of stunning action at the beach of Guincho in Cascais, Portugal. Some consistent four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves and beautiful weather allowed officials to run 28 heats and reach the much awaited one-on-one Quarterfinals that will feature four duels when proceedings resume.

Current ASP Women’s World Tour campaigners put on sensational performances to defeat all European competitors in the event today and reach Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS Women’s 6-Star event. Rebecca Woods (AUS), rated No. 9 on the ASP WQS Women’s ratings going into Stop No. 9 of 14, was the most consistent competitor throughout the day posting several excellent scores including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in Round 2.

"I am really happy with today after a couple of seriously bad heats recently", Woods said. "There were a lot of waves coming in and I got some good ones. The waves were fun all day and I am really having a good time in Portugal." Woods, who has been among the ASP Top 17 for four years now, came to Portugal relaxed and willing to enjoy her first trip ever to Portugal. She will meet last-second qualifier Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) in Quarterfinal No. 3.

"I am tired of thinking of ratings as I have done for four years", Woods said. "I decided to let go a bit and have fun and enjoy my time competing. I am still looking forward to keep going i the event." Woods posted three of the Top 6 heat scores of the event today and will be a serious contender for the crown if the swell remains as consistent.

Jacqueline Silva (BRA), last year’s ASP WQS Women’s Champion and current Dream Tour competitor, was another standout during Day 1 of competition at Gunicho. Silva, who has had a difficult year not placing better than equal 9th all events comprised, came to Portugal with the strong will to move forward and get some wins.

"I am so happy to reach the Quarterfinals", Silva said. "I have been having shockers all year and never got through Round 4 so it is a big relief to make all these heats today. I am very tired though." Silva, currently rated No. 15 on the ASP WQS Women’s ratings, will meet other inform surfer of the day Laurina MacGrath (AUS) in a much anticipated Quarterfinal No. 1.

"It is already a great result and I will take it heat by heat tomorrow", Siva said. "I love coming to Europe, I won the event in Newquay last year and I feel good here in Portugal. Waves are fun and I will be ready for Quarterfinals tomorrow." The European contingent suffered heavy losses throughout the day and Pauline Ado (FRA) was the only regional competitor to reach Round 4 before stepping down to Airini Mason (NZL) and Silva.

Ado, 17, reigning ASP European Junior Champion and rated No. 36 with two results only thus far including a superb runner-up finish the the ASP WQS Women’s 5-Star event in South Africa in early July, could not counter her oponnent’s assault in Round 4 after securing two solid wins in Rounds 2 and 3.

"I was stoked to get good waves and win these two heats", Ado said. "I had a close one in Round 2 with Jessi (Miley-Dyer) coming back with a solid score in the last minutes but I was confident." Ado, who bested Quarterfinalist and current ASP Top 17 campaigner Karina Petroni (USA) in Round 3, was in good form all day but was not able to catch up with her heat leaders and left the event with 1250 valuable ratings’ points.

"I missed the first half of the year because I had school obligations so I don’t have any pressure ratings wise", Ado said. "I am still doing as much ASP Pro Junior events as I can and am looking forward to qualifying for the ASP World Junior Championships this year again. The WQS is a way for me to gain experience and keep learning."

Alana Blanchard (Kawai, HAW), 18, is the second youngest Quarterfinalist in the event and will surf in Heat 4 against experienced Dream Tour Australian Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS). Blanchard, who got through three rounds today with wins over local Joana Rocha (PRT), Jessica Hickson (AUS) and Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), created the upset of the day when she eliminated fellow Hawaiian and longtime elite surfer Megan Abubo (HAW).

"I love it here and people are very friendly in Portugal", Blanchard said. "The waves were tricky but it went well for me and I had some good fun surfing today. I am happy with this first day." Blanchard, who is seen as Hawaii’s most promissing surfers, was rated No. 6 before the Billabong Cascais Girls Festival and is ficused on qualifying for next year’s ASP Women’s World Tour.

"I really want to get up there on the World Tour this year", Blanchard said. "It is my main goal and I hope I can win this event to climb up the ratings."

Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Airini Mason (NZL) also qualified today and will be surfing when competition resumes. All remaining competitors will meet at 8 AM (GMT+1) tomorrow Friday, August 1, 2008 at Guincho.

UPCOMING QUARTERFINALS (1st advances)
Heat 1: Laurina MacGrath (AUS) Vs Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 2: Karina Petroni (USA) Vs Airini Mason (NZL)
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) Vs
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) Vs

ROUND 4 RESULTS (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Laurina MacGrath (AUS) 11.30 pts, Karina Petroni (USA) 10.25 pts, Kyla Langen (USA) 10.25 pts
Heat 2: Airini Mason (NZL) 13.75 pts, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.50 pts, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.90 pts
Heat 3: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 15,25 pts, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.75 pts, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.90 pts
Heat 4:

ROUND 3 RESULTS (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Laurina McGrath (AUS) 15.75 pts, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 13.25 pts, Serena Brooke (AUS) 7.20  Caroline Sarran
Heat 2: Kyla Langen (USA) 12.15 pts, Airini Mason (NZL) 11.45 pts, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 11.20 pts, Claire Bevilacqua
Heat 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.75 pts, Karina Petroni (USA), Marina Werneck (BRA) 9.75 pts, Justine Dupont (FRA) 4.50 pts
Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 13.75 pts, Megan Abubo (HAW) 10.75 pts, Bethany Hamilton, 9.90 pts, Tarryn Chudleigh 
Heat 5: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 14.50 pts, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.50 pts, Jessica Hickson  8.15 pts, Rebecca Oakley 
Heat 6: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.75 pts, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.95 pts, Nicola Atherton 8.35 pts, Tammy Lee Smith (ZAF)

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Billabong Girls Cascais Festival Condições de sonho para o primeiro dia!

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 July, 2008 : - - Cascais -- Começou hoje, na praia do Guincho, em Cascais, a quinta edição do Billabong Girls Cascais Festival powered by Rowenta. O dia, que começou cinzento, teve início com a prova de seis estrelas do WQS, numa das cinco etapas mais importantes deste circuito, que em Cascais conta com 60 surfistas a disputar pontos preciosos na tentativa de qualificação para o WCT.

Com o sol chegaram as cerca de 150 inscritas para o Billabong Girls Cascais Festival powered by Rowenta e os muitos veraneantes curiosos, que encheram a praia. Por volta das 11 horas começou a primeira aula de surf, dada pelos craques da modalidade.

Em paralelo decorreram actividades levadas a cabo pelos patrocinadores; a TMN disponibilizou uma cama elástica, onde as participantes podem subir às alturas e a Ben&Jerry’s oferece gelados a quem participar nos seus jogos divertidos.

Depois do almoço e ainda antes da segunda aula de surf, as meninas puderam aprender uns movimentos de Dança do Ventre, bem como receber autógrafos dos grandes nomes do surf mundial, entre outras actividades que decorreram durante todo o dia no areal da praia do Guincho. Depois de surfarem mais umas ondas, as Billabong Girls acabaram o dia em grande, com o concerto dos Humble, uma banda da nova geração que está a dar que falar.

Para amanhã espera-se outro dia em grande, cheio de actividades, muita evolução nas aulas de surf e um fim de tarde em alta ao som dos Triplet.

WQS – Surf 6 estrelas
Eram oito horas da manhã quando começou a primeira fase da etapa de seis estrelas do circuito mundial de surf de qualificação, ou WQS. Durante os seis heats desta fase o mar esteve favorável para as 23 atletas que se encontravam em prova, na qual se destacaram várias portuguesas, nomeadamente a surfista Filipa Prudêncio, líder do ranking nacional de surf feminino e de surf feminino universitário.

A segunda fase, com 48 surfistas, teve início por volta das dez da manhã, já em simultâneo com a primeira aula de surf das raparigas que se inscreveram neste evento. Nestes 12 heats competiram 24 cabeças de série de todo o mundo, das quais dez são candidatas ao título de campeã mundial, uma vez que competem no WCT.

Nesta segunda fase a maior surpresa foi a desqualificação da jovem atleta brasileira, Bruna Schmidt. A vice-campeã da primeira etapa do circuito deste ano, na Austrália, conseguiu apenas o terceiro lugar na sua bateria, perdendo assim para a sua compatriota Marina Werneck e para a havaiana Bethany Hamilton (atleta mundialmente conhecida, não só pelo seu surf mas também por ter perdido um braço num ataque de tubarão, quando tinha 12 anos).

Ficaram também por esta fase as três surfistas portuguesas ainda em competição, com a campeã nacional, Francisca Pereira dos Santos, em 25º lugar, ex-aequo com Joana Rocha, e Filipa Prudêncio, actual líder do ranking nacional feminino, a ocupar a 37ª posição.

Cerca das 14 horas teve início a terceira fase, já com 24 atletas a competir. Este round contou com muitas atletas australianas, sendo que três dos seis heats foram vencidos por surfistas do país dos cangurus - Laurina McGrath, Jessy Miley-Dyer e Rebecca Woods dominaram, tendo esta última, de 23 anos, conseguido a melhor onda e o maior total até agora, 9.5 e 17 pontos em 10 e 20 possíveis, respectivamente. Bethany Hamilton, para tristeza dos muitos fãs que fez na praia, foi uma das atletas a ficar para trás nesta fase.

A quarta fase, com apenas 12 atletas, começou já depois das quatro da tarde, permitindo a passagem de três australianas, uma brasileira, uma americana, uma sul-africana, uma neo-zelandesa e uma havaiana, aos quartos de final.

“Estou muito cansada mas bastante satisfeita com o meu surf, pois as ondas estão muito boas... na realidade são as melhores ondas que apanhámos este ano no WQS,” afirmou Jessi Miley-Dyer, uma das atletas de topo mundial que ainda se encontra em prova.

Para amanhã (ou Sábado, conforme as condições) ficam então os quartos-de-final, as meias-finais e a grande final, que dará à vencedora um prémio no valor de 4500 dólares, bem como 2500 pontos muito importantes para o ranking mundial. O check-in está marcado para as oito horas, com as previsões a apontarem para mais vento mas também para ondas maiores.

Lembramos que está marcada também para amanhã, pelas 17 horas, no local da prova, uma conferência de imprensa do Billabong Girls Cascais Festival powered by Rowenta, que contará com a presença do Exmo. Sr. Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Cascais, Dr. António Capucho, para a qual estão desde já convidados todos os orgãos de comunicação social.

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