Triple Crown of Surfing and Women's World Championship Will Be Decided at Honolua Bay in the Contest Season Finale
Maui, HI – The Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines will celebrate its 10th anniversary December 8-20 at Honolua Bay, Maui. The final contest on the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Tour, the Billabong Pro is considered the crown jewel of women's competition.
Held at the world's best wave, the event offers an $85,000 purse while the competitors are housed in the luxury of the Kapalua Villas. Not only does the Billabong Pro Maui crown the 2008 Van's Triple Crown Winner, it also decides the 2008 Women's World Champion as well.
"It's been an honor to have this event at Honolua Bay for the past 10 years and we're looking forward to celebrating its history during our opening dinner," says Candy Harris Brand manager for Billabong Girls. "It's always amazing to see the progression of women's surfing showcased at this spectacular break each year and I'm sure this December the tradition will continue."
This year will be the 10th Anniversary of the contest and will have a number of special events including a concert by rising musical star and Billabong team rider Donavon Frankenreiter. Television star and Billabong team rider Keala Kennelly will be manning the DJ duties. Competitors and event staff will be participating in the Honolua reforestation project to help restore the land above the bay back to its native ecosystem.
It will also be seven-time world champ Layne Beachley's last and final tour event. Layne is retiring from the ASP Women's World Tour.
"Layne has had an amazing career and has undoubtedly inspired many young women to follow in her footsteps," says Harris. "She has given a lot to the sport and it will be a special event to be with her as she competes on the tour for the last time."
Billabong athletes from around the world will be coming to compete in the Pro Maui: Brazil's Silvana Lima, Australians Rebecca Woods and Nicola Atherton and Billabong Pro Maui Trials wild card Paige Hareb from New Zealand who will compete in the trials for the lone wildcard into the ASP women's world tour event.
As part of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing the Billabong Pro Maui showcases the world's top female pro surfers in three Hawaiian tournaments that run concurrently with the men's Series. The WQS at Haleiwa, the Sunset Beach women's world tour event and the Billabong Pro Maui will collectively determine the 2008 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion.