"\\n<h2 align= \\"center>Billabong Pro Maui Unites the World’s Best Women Surfers <\\\/h2>\\n<p>[IMAGE 2]<\\\/p>\\n<p> November 22, 2002 – Maui, Hawaii – Billabong is proud to present the Billabong Pro Maui, the final Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) event on the 2002 ASP Women’s World Tour to be held in Maui at Honolua Bay from December 7-20.<\\\/p>\\n<p> As the last of three women’s surfing events in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the heat is on as eighteen top surfers from around the globe meet to challenge the elements, determine who will be crowned the world champion, and take home a piece of a $60,000 purse. <\\\/p>\\n<p> Four-time World Champion Layne Beachley comes to this contest as the leading contender, but Honolua’s exceptional point break is an open forum for the other competitors to make their mark in the final WCT event of the year. <\\\/p>\\n<p>“I am really looking forward to the final showdown, as all the other girls are keen to see a change, but I am extremely determined to take out another world title,” said Beachley.<\\\/p>\\n<p> Mathematically, it is looking good for Layne because if she places second she will automatically be crowned the 2002 World Champion. If she places third, then Melanie Carr-Redman needs a first, and if she places fifth, then Melanie needs a second. <\\\/p>\\n<p> The Billabong Pro Maui will also give back to the locals through the Vespa Trials where five top Maui surfers, along with Fosters Pro Tour American Champion, Julia Christian, will be competing for the sole remaining wildcard entry in the Billabong Pro Maui. The winner will surf in Heat three against Beachley and Tavares. <\\\/p>\\n<p> The Women’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion will also be determined by this event based on the number of points accumulated in all three Women’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing events. The other events include the Roxy Pro at Haleiwa and the Turtle Bay Resort Women’s Pro. The Billabong Pro Maui competition is the only event not to take place on Oahu’s North Shore and is held over two days during a 13-day waiting period. It is also the only event in Hawaii where local talent are invited to surf against the top-ranked ASP World Championship Tour pro women surfers. <\\\/p>\\n"