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 And Rip Curl Malibu Pro Remain On Hold
The Rip Curl Malibu Pro, and the Rip Curl Footwear Trials that will precede it, will not run today. Instead, event organizers have opted to wait for a forecasted swell expected to fill in later this week. According to swell charts, the women of the World Championship Tour (WCT) could quite possibly have three to five foot (one to one-half meter) faces to work with this weekend.
“We surfed Malibu when it was two foot last year, and it was the most fun, rippable, two foot wave I’ve ever surfed, said Megan Abubo (HAW), defending Rip Curl Malibu Pro Champion. “So, I’m really excited to be back to Malibu and even more excited that we might get some good waves.
Abubo’s 2004 win in Malibu was her first in two years and, along with her semifinal showing in Haleiwa, Hawaii the event after, played an integral role in her 2005 WCT requalification. Abubo made the first final of the year on the Gold Coast of Australia and the semifinals in the two events after. Though out of contention for a world title this year, she currently sits a strong fifth on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) ratings and will be eager to defend her Malibu crown.
“There’s a lot of history at Malibu and I’m just really amped to be able to compete out there and to surf that wave with no one out, said Abubo. “The girls are surfing really good this year and I saw some of the heat match-ups and some of the heats in the first round are really, really stacked, plus we’ve got some good wildcards here. I’m just excited to go out there, mix it up with the girls, and try to defend my title.
The tentative plan remains to run the trials at Leo Carillo Beach on Thursday and the main event at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach on Friday and Saturday. Keep checking back 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!