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News provided by ASP World Tour on 12 May 2006

Only seven heats remain of the Billabong Pro Tahiti women’s event and contest organizers expect to wrap up competition in excellent four to six foot (1.5 – 2 metres) waves at Teahupoo today.

Still in contention for the crown are former ASP Women’s World Champions Layne Beachley (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Chelsea Georgeson (AUS)– all of whom have won here before.

No one has won at Teahupoo more than Keala Kennelly (HAW) however. The Hawaiian claimed victories here in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Kennelly, who is very vocal about her affinity for the wave, will be eager to post her fourth victory at ‘Chopes,’ especially in the wake of the announcement that the women’s division of the Billabong Pro Tahiti will be absent from the 2007 calendar.

Because Teahupoo is such a dangerous and critical wave, sending surfers out in ideal conditions is imperative. Running the women’s event in tandem with the men’s makes it difficult to find six days of conditions that meet that criteria in a 12-day waiting period.

Billabong has added an additional ASP Women’s World Tour event in Brazil in the interim, and will explore alternative opportunities to bring the women back to Teahupoo in the future.

Current ASP ratings leader Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), who made last year’s final against defending champion Georgeson, also remains in the running. Redman-Carr has won the first two events on this year’s tour – the first on the Gold Coast of Australia and the second in Fiji.

Rounding out the quarterfinalists are second year surfers Rebecca Woods (AUS) and Claire Bevilaqcua (AUS).

Only three and half hours are needed to run the remaining quarterfinal, semifinal, and final heats and competition will begin at 8:30 am local time.


Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Heather Clark (ZAF)
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
Heat 3: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Keala Kennelly (HAW)
Heat 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Chelsea Georgeson (AUS)

The last two heats of round four of the men's event ran earlier this morning in excellent conditions with wildcard Danny Fuller (HAW) and rookie Bobby Martinez (HAW)posting wins.

They will now meet in the semifinals.

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