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News provided by ASP World Tour on 6 April 2006


The world’s best female surfers will take to the pristine South Pacific waters off Fiji’s Tavarua and Namotu islands for the second ASP Women’s World Tour event of the year - the US$78,300 Roxy Pro, which starts Sunday 23 April. The complete holding period for the event is 23-28 April and the competition will be held on the best days of surf.

Along with world-class surfing action from the Top 17-ranked women in the world, the Roxy Pro will also feature an international five-woman trials event, offering the winner a berth in the main event. Thirteen-year-old Carissa Moore (HAW), will be the newest and youngest face among this year's trialists. The other surfers will be Rosy Hodge (ZAF), Caroline Sarran (FRA), Carly Smith (AUS), and a local Fijian surfer who will be selected from the Fiji Games being run by the Fiji Surfing Association at Easter.

There are also two new faces on this year’s tour: 2005 ASP Women’s World Junior Champion Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Silvana Lima of Brazil now round out the world class roster of full-time ASP Women’s WCT competitors.

The season-opening Roxy Pro in Australia in March, saw seasoned veterans Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) and six-time world champion, Layne Beachley (AUS) overcome a host of young surfers to meet in the first final of the season.

Going into the Roxy Pro in Fiji, Redman-Carr holds the number one ranking after her win over Beachley. Redman-Carr is also a proven contender in Fiji, having won the event back in 2002.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to back up my win on the Gold Coast with results in Fiji and Tahiti, my two favourite events, and then after that just cruise,” Redman-Carr said.

The presence of new talent to the Top 17 for 2006, along with the talented wildcards, will not go unnoticed on the women's tour this year. Both proven world champions and seasoned competitors have been forced to push the limits and the same will be true in Fiji.

Reigning world champion Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) and defending Roxy Pro champion and 2004 world champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), who has won in Fiji for the past two years, will be keen for a good result when WCT competition resumes in Fiji. Both are eager to leave behind their current rating of equal eighth in the world after the first event in Australia.

Georgeson, who achieved worldwide fame last year by taking off on a three-metre (10 foot) bomb at Cloudbreak just before the competition started, said: “I really look forward to surfing Fiji every year. I hope we get some really good waves over there.”

Mulanovich said she was super stoked to be heading back to Fiji. “I get so fired up for that contest. The place is amazing, it’s my favourite stop on tour so I am always relaxed and ready to go when I’m competing there.”

Roxy will present a total of three of this year's eight WCT events, the Roxy Pro in Fiji being the second, and the final Roxy Pro will be staged at world-famous Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, from 24 November through 6 December. Of the three, the Roxy Pro in Fiji carries the most prizemoney.

“The brand is so proud to continue to support women’s professional surfing at the Roxy Pro in Fiji,” Randy Hild, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Roxy, said.

“It will always hold a special place in our hearts because it was founded as the first women’s stand-alone contest on the tour and remains the perfect venue for the girls to really charge.”

The reefs surrounding Tavarua and Namotu islands offer a selection of world-class waves which translate into a variable playground for the pros. If the preferred venue Cloudbreak, a powerful open-ocean reef break about a mile south of Tavarua Island, isn’t contestable, the competition can be moved to the nearby breaks of Restaurants or Namotu Lefts.

2005 - Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
2004 - Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
2003 - Keala Kennelly (HAW)
2002 - Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
2001 - Megan Abubo (HAW)

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