Australia’s Melanie Redman-Carr has won the US$60,000 Roxy Pro, defeating tour travel buddy South African Heather Clark in the final which was held in stormy four to six foot waves at Cloudbreak Reef, Fiji.
Redman-Carr, from Dunsborough, Western Australia, broke a three-year WCT victory drought with the Roxy win and went one better than her runner-up placing in the same event last year.
She earned US$10,000 for the win, a handy purse for a talented surfer who travels the globe without a sponsor.
The victory for Redman-Carr moves her to equal first on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Championship Tour (WCT) ratings.She shares the ratings lead with fellow Australian Lynette MacKenzie, who won the first event of the year, the Roxy Pro on the Queensland Gold Coast in March.
The win rewarded Redman-Carr’s intense efforts and persistence. Not only did she have to contend with several of the toughest opponents on the women’s tour en route to the final, but also some of the most challenging ocean conditions possible. All competitors who had advanced to today’s rounds arrived at Cloudbreak early this morning to find solid six foot (two meter) windswept waves. A strong southerly wind increased to almost gale force during the day, making wave selection critical.
Clark experienced the heat of her life in the third round, posting three very high scoring rides to eclipse her opponent Chelsea Georgeson. In the best conditions of the day, Heather scored a near-perfect 9.5 ride for a long, deep barrel, plus an 8.5 and an 8.0, for the event’s highest heat total of 26 points out of 30. Clark’s runner-up placing earned her US$6,000 which, with the South African exchange rate, was as good as $45,000. The second placing takes her equal third on the rankings with Brazilian Jacqueline Silva.
Equal third in the event were Serena Brooke (Australia) and Rochelle Ballard (Hawaii). Reigning world champion Layne Beachley (Australia) was eliminated by Ballard in the quarter finals, finishing equal fifth alongside Kate Skarratt (Australia), trials winner Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), and Maria Tita Tavares (Brazil). Beachley now sits at equal ninth on the WCT rankings with fellow four-time world champion Lisa Andersen (USA) and Sam Cornish (Australia).
The Roxy Pro in Fiji is the second of three Roxy events on the WCT tour this year, the third to be held on the south-west coast of France in September.
Current WCT rankings after this event: =1. Lynette MacKenzie (Australia) 1300; =1. Melanie Redman-Carr (Australia) 1300; =3. Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) 1110; =3. Heather Clarke (South Africa); 5. Kate Skarratt (Australia) 1090; =6. Chelsea Georgeson (Australia) 930; =6. Rochelle Ballard (Hawaii) 930; =6. Serena Brooke (Australia) 930; =9. Lisa Andersen (USA) 760; =9. Sam Cornish (Australia) 760; =9. Layne Beachley (Australia) 760; 12. Maria Tita Tavares (Brazil) 610; 13. Megan Abubo (Hawaii) 600; =14. Neridah Falconer (Australia) 450; =14. Pauline Menczer (Australia) 450; =14. Amee Donohoe (Australia) 450; =14. Keala Kennelly (Haw) 450.