WQS Drug Aware Pro Kicks Off

by | Mar 29, 2007

The opening rounds of Drug Aware Pro for women is scheduled to start this morning at the Southside break at Surfers Point in Margaret River, Australia.

Nikita Robb (East London) will begin her challenge in the first round while Tammy-Lee Smith (Salt Rock) and ASP World Tour rookie Rosanne Hodge (East London) start amongst the seeded surfers in round two.

Nikita is the top-rated of four South Africans on the ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series, ranking 10th on the list with a total of 2078 ranking points, and US$1600 2007 earnings.

Tammy-Lee is not far behind in her 13th-placed ranking, with 1825 points and $1200 in cash earnings.

South Africa’s top-ranked international surfer Rosanne Hodges has not had a good time of the WQS so far, and places well below at 34 in the rankings table from 1400 points, while Stacey Guy ranks 61 from her one event result bringing in 700 points.

In her first-round heat, Nikita will encounter Americans Cecilia Enriques (WQS rank 50) and Connie Arias (65), and local girl Laura Macauley.

In their opening second-round heats, Tammy-Lee surfs against Brazilian Juliana Quint (46) and Australian Claire Bevilacque (8) who will be joined by a first-round qualifier, and Rosie takes on Australia’s Rebecca Woods (16) and the USA’s Lindsey Baldwin (28).

Over the past two days organisers have upped the ratings points available at the parallel men’s 6-star prime-rated Drub Aware Pro event, as the surf changed from churning two- to three metre foamballs to prime surfing conditions on Thursday.

The event women’s champ will be crowned on Saturday.

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