ASP Womens World Tour
The Billabong Rio Pro returned to the lefthanders of Arpoador to complete Round 2 of women’s competition in challenging one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves.
Event No. 5 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Billabong Rio Pro made the most of the conditions on offer today, completing the elimination Round 2 and setting up for a finish by the final day on the waiting period this Sunday.
The draw has been finalized for the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Rio Pro, cementing the Round 1 match-ups for the world’s best surfers to go down at Rio de Janeiro’s Barra da Tijuca this week.
Hawaiian natural-footer Malia Manuel, 17, has made a statement on her opening campaign on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, leading her rookie class as the first freshman to make a final while posting several top results in the first four events this year. In addition to her flare on the Top 17 stage, Manuel has done serious damage in Australia over the last three months, finishing runner-up in multiple ASP 6-Star events. ESPN caught up with the talented rookie to talk about her first impressions of the big leagues, and this… is their story…
Courtney Conlogue (USA), 19, has won the prestigious 2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, over Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, at Dee Why beach today. In clean, but challenging two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) waves, the world’s best female surfers battled head-to-head for the biggest prize purse on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, with Conlogue taking home USD$30,000.
The Finals are on now live at the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic. The event will be crowning a 2012 champion at Dee Why beach today. The surf is clean, with two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) waves on offer for the Top 17 female surfers in the world to battle for the richest prize purse on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
Stop No. 4 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic is run by seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley, and is in its seventh year.
“There are a lot of sevens in my life at the moment,” Beachley said. “I’m so proud I’ve been able to run this event for seven years. I’m really appreciative of the Commonwealth Bank’s support and am thrilled with the level of women’s surfing. It’s Finals day today. We’ve had a decrease in swell, but the girls are incredible at what they do and I’m sure they’ll be able to put on a great show today. I’ll be getting in the water later in the day for the celebrity challenge, and maybe even the Nikon Expression Session.”