Roxy Pro 4 star World Qualifying Series Association of SurfingProfessionals (ASP) AustralasiaGold Coast February 22nd – 25th.
Record Field for Quiksilver ROXY ProThree times world surfing champion Layne Beachley will join world classfield.
Three times world surfing champion Layne Beachley (Syd), will line-up in thelargest competitive field of female professional surfers ever gathered, inthis weeks ROXY Pro, which commences on the Gold Coast tomorrow. The 3rdannual tournament has attracted a record 105 number entrants, including mostof the world1s elite top 15 ranked surfers, to contest the 4 starAssociation of Surfing Professionals (ASP), World Qualifying Series event.The previous record of 76 was held by the US Open in California, USA, butthe sports growth has seen that figure easily surpassed by the Roxy Pro.Beachley said that she is looking forward to competing for the first timethis season and also to viewing the up and coming stars of the sport, 3Ienjoy watching the younger girls, it good to see how committed they and alsoto see what opposition is coming up.2
Defending event champion Samantha Cornish (Crescent Head, NSW), who narrowlymissed out on qualifying for the elite ranks last year, has accepted awildcard into the tournament and has drawn world no.2 Megan Abubo (Hawaii)in her tough opening round four heat.
The event has attracted an international field representing eleven nationsof Hawaii, South Africa, UK, France, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand,USA, Peru and host nation AustraliaIncluded in the line-up are world no.3 Serena Brooke who has just relocatedto the Gold Coast from the Sunshine Coast, Trudy Todd (Gold Coast), HeatherClark (Sth Africa), Melanie Redman (Dunsborough, WA), Jodie Smith (Jan Juc,Vic), Kate Skarratt (Woonoona, NSW), Neridah Falconer (Currumbin), HayleyTasker (Sunshine Coast), Chelsea Goergeson (Avalon) and Sophia Mulanovich(Peru).
The 3rd annual Roxy Pro is the first major women1s tournament of the2001season and the event will be mobile on the Gold Coast for the bestpossible waves. Organisers are hopeful of securing the same excellentconditions that the tournament enjoyed last year on the point-breaks of theGold Coast.
The tournament will commence this Thursday and finalise on Sunday.Further Information – Mandy McKinnon – 0417.079941