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ROXY PRO
2002 women's ASP World Championship Tour


3/14/2002

The elite top 17 rated women in the world, plus one wildcard entrant, make up the prestigious field.

The Roxy Pro will be a mobile tournament, with organizers having access to an array of waves throughout the real 'Surfer's Paradise'. The event will be based at Burleigh Heads; yet can travel from North Stradbroke Island to Ballina in the south, in search of optimum conditions. Venues such as Burleigh, Kirra, and Snapper Rocks will hold priority, though, with long right-hand barrels being the ideal setup.

The recent announcement that four-time consecutive world champion Lisa Andersen (USA) will make her anticipated return to the 2002 WCT during the Roxy Pro, thanks to being granted a season wildcard position from the ASP, ensures even greater media attention. After giving birth to her second child last year, Lisa is determined to try and stop the dominance of current four-time consecutive world champion Layne Beachley (Aus). The pair met during the final of the last WCT on the Gold Coast in 2000, with Beachley gaining a symbolic win. They haven't surfed a heat against each other since, so expect a major clash if it eventuates this year.

Newcomers like Australians Chelsea Georgeson, Samantha Cornish and Amee Donohoe are also sure to make their presence felt. Georgeson proved to be a giant killer last year, winning the Quiksilver World Grommets title, as well as the ASP Australasian Junior crown, before amassing enough ratings points in Hawaii to qualify for the 2002 WCT. Cornish, as well, will be one to watch, having won the Roxy Pro WQS in 2000.

The 2001 Roxy Pro saw Melanie Redman (Aus) begin her extremely successful year in fantastic form, taking out the first major WQS tournament of the season at Snapper Rocks. Beachley finished runner-up, and fellow WCT surfer Heather Clark (SAfr) was third.

With US$60,000 prizemoney on offer, as well as an early 2002 WCT ratings lead for the eventual winner, you can bet all competitors will be turning up the heat for this year's Roxy Pro.

World #6 Maria 'Tita' Tavares (Brz) has been forced to withdraw due to a knee injury, opening the door for Kylie Webb (Aus). The Australian narrowly missed out on a spot in this year's WCT, so will be even more eager to cause some upsets with her replacement position.

The Roxy Pro Trials will be staged on either Saturday or Sunday this weekend, pending conditions. A field of 16 international women will battle it out for the one remaining main event spot. The winner will then be pitted against Beachley and world #13 Lynette MacKenzie (Aus), in what would be a daunting heat for any competitor.



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