Friday, 30 September, 2005
Malibu, California, USA
RIP CURL PRO MALIBU (1 October — 9 October)
EVENT #7 ON THE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
Rip Curl Footwear Trials Rescheduled But Malibu Heats Up Nonetheless
Wildfires are ravaging the Los Angeles area and have engulfed some 21,000 acres already, but that’ll be the extent of the heat igniting Malibu, California today. The Rip Curl Footwear Trials that were slated to take to the water at Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu, Calif. this morning have been rescheduled due to lack of swell. Contest officials have opted to tentatively reschedule the trials for Thursday, Oct. 6 when a southern-hemisphere swell is forecasted to arrive and, if all goes well, the smoke has cleared.
When competition does begin, twelve invited trialists, shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton (HAW) among them, will engage in a Round Robin competition that will produce the wildcard entrant into the Rip Curl Malibu Pro. Though tentatively slated to run Oct. 6-7, there is a possibility that the first round of the main event will follow the trials on Thursday.
Southern California local, Julia Christian, who recently qualified for the 2006 World Championship Tour (WCT) via her success on this year’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) tour, is happy to wait for more optimal conditions and would no doubt enjoy the added opportunity to try her luck against the world’s best.
“I’m ready for anything and want to do well. I live here and am used to surfing small surf, but if the swell gets big I’m confident because I’ve been surfing a lot in Peru and am getting used to bigger surf,” said Christian.
“Usually the girls are in Huntington for competitions and not Malibu. I live here, so hopefully that’s a little bit of an edge,” Christian continued. “I’ve been competing against a lot of the girls in the WQS, but it would be nice to get through the trials and surf against them in a WCT”.
Assuming the forecasted swell does arrive, the girls and their fans alike will be in for a real treat.
“Malibu is a really rippable and super fun wave when it gets four to five foot,” said Christian. “When you’re free surfing here it’s hard to get waves with all of the long boarders, so it would be nice to surf with no one out there. It’s a really good wave and will be a good show for everyone.”
A press conference featuring Christian and co-trialists Bethany Hamilton and Gold Coast WCT winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will take place at the Malibu Inn from 5-7 pm today. Also in attendance will be reigning world champ and current world number one Sofia Mulanovich (PER), six-time world champion Layne Beachley (AUS) and world number two Chelsea Georgeson (AUS). The original Gidget, Kathy Koehner-Zuckerman and celebrity surfer Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You & 7th Heaven) will be present too.
Keep your eyes on ripcurl.com/malibu and aspworldtour.com for contest status and updates. There’s only three events left on the Women’s ASP World Championship tour and you don’t want to miss a minute of it!