Original Image Caption: Rosanne Hodge (right) seen here with Banyana Banyana captain Portia Modise (centre) and soloist Lorna Maseko, in a shoot for Cosmopolition’s 30 Awesome Women. Picture: Associated Magazines
Top South African surfer Rosanne Hodge has reclaimed a spot on the Elite World Championship Tour after she initially failed to qualify, falling one place short, after the last WCT event of 2007. But Surfersvillage is reporting that Hodge suddenly found herself back on tour due to the early retirement of a former world champion.
Hodge ended her rookie ASP World Tour at the season-ending Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay in Hawaii in stunning fashion, carving her way to a tournament-best third place to confirm the great ability that qualified her for the world’s premier surfing tournament in the first place.
Sadly for Hodge, her talent didn’t shine regularly enough in her first season against the world’s best, and left her agonisingly short of automatic qualification for selection among the this year’s surfing elite surfers.
After finishing off her 2008 travel plans for another year on the WQS ‘grind’, Hodge was told the news – that Roxy team mate Chelsea Hedges had retired from the tour for 2008 due to personal reasons, and Rosy would be filling up Hedge’s position on the tour.
“It was my first year on the WCT, and I had a fairly good year,” said Hodge on hearing the news. “Obviously I was really disappointed not to make the cut, being only one place short of the cut-off. Still, I got lucky and I’m back on, so now I am obviously so stoked.”
“I’ve leaned a lot from my first year on the WCT and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to get back on the tour and improve on my position,” said Hodge.
“I’m focused on working on my boards and fitness and getting some solid results in 2008.” Her first event of the year will be the Roxy Pro which takes place on the Gold Coast of Australia from February 23 to March 6.
In December last year, Hodge was named one of Cosmo’s 30 Awesome Women for her efforts in surfing. With her attitude and passion for surfing, expect big things from this young woman in 2008.