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 TO HIT LEO CARILLO TOMORROW
No competitive surfing will betide Malibu’s Surfrider or Leo Carillo beaches today, but that will all change tomorrow. Wavewatch.com is calling for clear skies, offshore winds and clean three foot waves at Leo Carillo beach come Thursday. Rip Curl and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) are calling for action in the form of the Rip Curl Footwear Trials.
The trials will pit 12 female hopefuls against one another in a Round Robin format tomorrow, the winner of which earning a wildcard into the main event and finding herself up against the likes of world champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), world number two Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) and six-time world champion Layne Beachley (AUS). And we haven’t even mentioned the defending champion Megan Abubo (HAW) yet.
Abubo, who was in jeopardy of not requalifing for the 2005 WCT coming into the Rip Curl Malibu Pro last year, changed all that when she won the inaugural contest at Surfrider Beach. Currently sitting in fifth on the ASP world ratings, she finds herself in less of a predicament this year, but is eager to win nonetheless.
“I’m definitely in a different mindset. Winning here in Malibu kicked off a good year for me this year. I feel really confident and my surfing feels good. But I tend to do really well when there is pressure involved, like I did last year, so I’m trying create pressure in my head purposely said Abubo.
“I’d like to finish really strong, I have a goal personally for the year and I’d like to achieve it. Coming into this event the defending champion, I feel very comfortable and confident. Plus my favorite kind of wave in the world is a right-hand point break and that is what I’m looking at right now.
That right hand point break is forecasted to receive clean offshore waves in the four-foot range throughout the weekend, conditions that suit the wave and the girls who will unleash upon it perfectly.
“The waves should be good but there’ll be a few other obstacles out there, Abubo continued. “Eighteen of them actually, but two of the biggest are (Australian trialist) Steph (Gilmore) and Sofia (Mulanovich).
“Steph pretty much kicked my butt at Snapper, the event she won at the beginning of the year, and if I ever get to surf against her again, I’d like to give her a good go. And Sof, she’s had an unreal year, she’s won three events and she’s always really, really tough to beat. And then there’s Chelsea who is surfing exceptionally well this year Layne who hasn’t had a win yet this year and is probably really hungry.
Curb your appetite for women’s WCT action and logon to the webcast at ripcurl.com 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!