Melanie Redman-Carr Wins Billabong Pro Teahupo’o

In beautiful four-to-five-foot surf, Melanie Redman-Carr made it three-for-three this year on the women’s 2006 WCT season. Redman-Carr defeated fellow Australian and current World Champion Chelsea Georgeson in the 35 minute final. Georgeson, who got the best wave of the women’s event during the semifinal and earned a 10 for the ensuing barrel ride, simply didn’t get the waves that would have earned her a victory. In an unprecedented feat, Redman-Carr–who is unsponsored–won her third event in a row. Anyone care to hook up the lady from West Oz with a paycheck? Anyone?

In equal third place were Heather Clark from South Africa and Layne Beachley from Australia. The 2006 Billabong Pro will not have a women’s division next year, to the relief of some and to the sadness of others. Count Georgeson as bummed: “It’s too bad we won’t be back next year as this is such a beautiful place and the wave so good. The Billabong Pro will wrap up tomorrow when the last remaining top 44 WCT surfers–and two dangerous wildcards–hit the gaping barrels of Teahupo’o at 7am Tahiti time (10am on the West Coast and 1pm on the East Coast).

Saturday’s Heats:
Kelly Slater vs. Bruce Irons
Fred Patacchia vs. Hira Terinatoofa (Wildcard)
Dean Morrison vs. Taylor Knox
Bobby Martinez vs. Danny Fuller (Wildcard)

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Thanks to Billabong, Air Tahiti Nui, the Maoni family, and www.TahitiTourism.com for all their help and generosity.