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News provided by ASP World Tour on 24 August 2006

ITACARÉ, Brazil – Round three of the Billabong Girls Brazil held at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré, Brazil will commence at 2pm local time.

Contest directors waited until this afternoon to run round three expecting that the tide would fill in and improve conditions. The three-foot (one metre) waves on offer this morning were closing out, and would have hindered the athletes ability to find open wave faces on which to perform their maneuvers.

With the shock elimination of the number one seed, Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) yesterday, reigning world champion Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) will now draw wildcard Maria Tita Tavares (BRA) in round three. A daunting prospect considering Tavares is a former ASP Women’s World Tour competitor who revels in conditions like those on offer.

Also of interest will be heat five featuring former six-time world champion Layne Beachley (AUS) and fellow Australian Serena Brooke. Brooke posted the second highest wave score of the day yesterday and knows that she needs a good result here and in the next few events if she hopes to requalify next year.

“I’ve pretty much had the worst year competitively,” Brooke said. “I feel like I’ve had my best year freesurfing, but in contests I’ve been dying. I need to do well in the next five events to qualify through the World Tour as it’s too late for me to qualify through the World Qualifying Series (WQS). But that’s my goal and I’m just taking it heat by heat."

Should Beachley win the heat and go on to win the contest, she will take the ratings lead from Redman-Carr.

Heat 1: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Julia Christian (USA)
Heat 2: Rochelle Ballard (HAW) vs. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
Heat 3: Samantha Cornish (AUS) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 4: Chelsea Gerogeson (AUS) vs. Maria Tita Tavares (BRA)
Heat 5: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Serena Brooke (AUS)
Heat 6: Keala Kennelly (HAW) vs. Heather Clark (ZAF)
Heat 7: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)

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