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COUNTDOWN TO ACTION AT RIP CURL MALIBU PRO

News provided by ASP World Tour on 4 October 2005

The women of the World Championship Tour (WCT) have enjoyed a four-month hiatus from competition, but when the Rip Curl Malibu Pro WCT gets underway later this week, it’s back to business for the world’s best female surfers.

With a contest window stretching from October 1-9 and the luxury of being able to choose the two days boasting the best conditions during that time period, officials have thus far opted to put the contest on hold. With their eyes steadily trained on wavewatch.com, the consensus at this point is that the trials will likely run at Leo Carillo Beach on Thursday and the main event will take place at Malibu's Surfrider Beach on Friday and Saturday.

One of the first matters at hand once things get underway will be the emergence of a wildcard from the Rip Curl Footwear Trials. Twelve trialists will be whittled down to one with the winner of the Round Robin trials earning entry into the main event. Heavy favorites include last year’s winner, Karina Petroni (USA), local lass and recent WCT qualifier Julia Christian (USA) and 17-year-old Stephanie Gilmore of Australia. Gilmore used her wildcard entry into the first WCT event of the year as a hall pass when she schooled the rest of the field to win the contest, becoming the youngest female surfer ever to do so.

However, highest on the agenda here at Malibu, will be the continuation of the world title race between reigning world champ and current world number one Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and her best friend and current world number two Chelsea Georgeson (AUS). Virtually trading event wins this year, Mulanovich has won three of six events on the 2005 Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) calendar and Georgeson has won two. Both girls have surfed incredibly this year and are eager to earn a world title to prove it. Georgeson will want to post a win in Malibu if she hopes to stay in close contention and Mulanovich will want stop her if she hopes to keep her lead.

“It’s a good year for both of us, so I’m just going to try my best,” Mulanovich said. “I’m really amped and I want this world title so I’m really focused, but I’m sure Chelsea is too. Let’s just see what happens, it’s going to be a good year for sure.”

She’s not wrong. Keep checking back at www.ripcurl.com/malibu and www.aspworldtour.com for contest status and updates. There's only three events left on the Women's ASP World Championship tour and you won't want to miss a minute of it!



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