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14 YEAR OLD WRIGHT YOUNGEST TO WIN AN ASP WORLD TOUR EVENT IN HISTORY AT BEACHLEY CLASSIC

Posted by: on October 13th, 2008

 

 

 

Australia’s Tyler Wright (AUS/Culburra/Sth Coast NSW) created history today becoming the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event. At just 14 years of age Wright won the Beachley Classic, Women’s surfing richest event with $US100 000 in prize money – Wright defeated Brazilian Silvanna Lima in the final.

Australia’s Tyler Wright (AUS/Culburra/Sth Coast NSW) created history today becoming the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event. At just 14 years of age Wright won the Beachley Classic, Women’s surfing richest event with $US100 000 in prize money – Wright defeated Brazilian Silvanna Lima in the final.

 

MANLY BEACH, Australia (Monday, October 13, 2008) – Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, made ASP History today as the youngest ever winner of an ASP World Tour event, defeating fellow finalist Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, at the Beachley Classic in peaky two foot (1 metre) waves at Manly Beach.

Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was treated to dramatic action all week, with the increased 20% ratings points wreaking havoc on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title race before culminating in Wright’s historic win.

“This is easily the best day of my life,” Wright said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”

Wright, who gained entry into the Beachley Classic after her impressive win at the Oakley Trials last Thursday, went on an absolute tear, defeating reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, en route to her Finals berth with Lima.

“These are girls that all us grommets look up to and to just be competing with them is an honor,” Wright said. “I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really working in my favor.”

The young natural-footer has been on a tear lately, qualifying for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships last week before going on her giant-slaying here in Manly this week.

“It’s been an amazing two weeks,” Wright said. “I think I am just going to go home and chill out and let it all sink in next.”

Lima was in awesome form on the final day, ripping from the Quarterfinals through to Final before coming up just short in the Final, repeating her performance from last season.

“I don’t know happened,” Lima said. “The surf was really bad and I just seemed to have bad luck. It was definitely tough out there but I’m happy with my performance.”

Despite the disappointing loss to Wright, the Brazilian’s runner-up rockets her into 5th place on the ASP Women’s World Tour ratings and places her well into the race for the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s really tough for me – I wanted to win, but it still feels pretty good because I’m moving up in the rankings just as the tour moves into South America,” Lima said.

Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, former ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, took over the lead from reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, last Saturday, was in excellent form today, securing an impressive 8.67 out of a possible 10 in her Semifinal bout before succumbing to an ankle injury.

“On my last turn of the wave I injured my foot it’s very frustrating but it happens all the time,” Mulanovich said. “I’ll just try and get my foot better and think to myself this is not a bad injury. I’ll get back for the next event”.

While the ankle injury remains a concern, Mulanovich is pleased with her equal 3rd place finish in the Beachley Classic and will head into her hometown of Peru as the No. 1 seed on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, current No. 4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, was in fine form this morning before succumbing to the wildcard Wright in the Semifinals.

“It’s frustrating in a heat with no waves,” Donohoe said. “You know you can get a score but nothing comes.  I wanted to make the Finals and was so close, I’m pretty bummed.”

Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, had her Beachley Classic run halted by Lima, but is still a major contender for the ASP Women’s World Title and will look forward to the next event in Peru.

“I’m looking forward to Peru – it’s one of my favorite events,” Beachley said. “I came second there last year and hopefully I can go one better, then coming into Hawaii, that’s always my strongest leg. I’m frustrated and disappointed I’ve been knocked out today, but it’s been amazing to see the crowd support and it was also amazing we could get the event of the ground. I would have loved nothing more than to win and have a fairytale ending to an emotional week.”

Highlights from the Beachley Classic will be available via www.aspworldtour.com and http://www.swellnet.com.au/beachleyclassic08/ 

The next stop on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Movistar Classic Mancora Peru presented by Rip Curl from November 3 – 8, 2008.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Final:

1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.64

2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.84

 

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.00

SF 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.10 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.00

 

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.83 def. Julia de La Rosa Toro (PER) 9.60

QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83

QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.00 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2.00

QF 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.93 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.07

 

ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS: After Event No. 5

1 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4411 points

2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3948 points

3 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 3698 points

4 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 3331 points

5 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3194 points

6 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 3060 points

7 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2544 points

8 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2486 points

9 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2294 points

10 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 2268 points

11 – Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 2114 points

12 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1884 points

13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1872 points

14 – Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 1692 points

14 – Karina Petroni (USA) 1692 points

16 – Nicola Atherton (AUS) 1476 points

17 – Serena Brooke (AUS) 1296 points

18 – Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 912 points*

 

*First replacement on the ASP Women’s World Tour

 

 

Tyler Wright with Layne Beachley.

Tyler Wright with Layne Beachley.

Beachley Classic Day 1 Powers Through Clean Conditions at Freshwater

Posted by: on October 10th, 2008

 

 

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, was relegated to the elimination Round 2 today for the first time all season. The young Australian advanced through to Round 3 this afternoon where she’ll face Oakley Trials winner Tyler Wright (AUS),14.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, was relegated to the elimination Round 2 today for the first time all season. The young Australian advanced through to Round 3 this afternoon where she’ll face Oakley Trials winner Tyler Wright (AUS),14.

 

 

MANLY BEACH, Australia (Friday, October 10, 2008) – The 2008 Beachley Classic got underway this morning, completing Rounds 1 and 2 as well as the opening two heats of Round 3 at nearby Freshwater Beach in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves.

Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was privy to some dramatic upsets during Round 1, however top seeds prevailed eventually, advancing through to Round 3.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, was sent into the elimination Round 2 today at the hands of Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 21, and Oakley Trials winner Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, this morning, but the champ rebounded in her second heat of the day, taking the win to advance through to Round 3 where she will once again draw the youngster Wright.

“That’s the first time I’ve been in Round 2 all year so that was interesting,” Gilmore said. “I didn’t have a warm-up this morning and I was perhaps a little too cruisey in my Round 1 heat. I was on some new equipment and didn’t get the momentum going that I needed. Stoked to get through Round 2 and I think I’ll be drawing Tyler (Wright) again in Round 3. Should be a good match-up.”

Julia de la Rosa Toro (AUS), 26, current No. 11 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, caused a major upset this afternoon, defeating current ASP World No. 4 Samantha Cornish (AUS), 27, in Round 3 of the Beachley Classic.

“This matches my best result of the season,” De La Rosa Toro said. “I haven’t made the Quarterfinals since the first event of the year so I’m excited to advance through and get a result. The Beachley Classic is a super important event for all of us, given the 20% increase in prize points. I’m sitting outside the bubble at the moment so I need a result here in Sydney.’

Cornish was in blistering form today, netting the event high single-wave score of a 9.80 out of a possible 10 in Round 1 before opening her Round 3 heat with an impressive 7.65. The Australian, however, was unable to stop a rampaging De La Rosa Toro from fighting back with excellent scores of her own.

“I knew Sam (Cornish) would be dangerous on the righthanders because she was surfing them so well in Round 1,” De La Rosa Toro said. “She started out with a really good one, but I was just patient and waited for the waves that offered a little more scoring potential and it paid off.”

De La Rosa Toro will face current ASP Women’s World No. 5 Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, in Round 4 of the Beachley Classic.

Today’s action occurred today amidst the big announcement that Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, will retire at the end of the season. The announcement was made via a heavily-attended press conference at the main event site in Manly Beach.

Despite her media obligations, Beachley found time to advance through her Round 1 heat, showcasing the characteristic style and flair that has seen the iconic Australian advance to the top of the surfing world throughout the past two decades.

Beachley will face fellow veteran Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), 33, in the final Round 3 heat when Beachley Classic action resumes.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am at the primary venue at Manly for a possible 7:30am start.

When Beachley Classic competition resumes, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 22, will battle Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, in Heat 3 of Round 3.

 

The Beachley Classic will be webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com and http://www.swellnet.com.au/beachleyclassic08/ 

 

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 15.65, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 11.75, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 10.40

Heat 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 16.30, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.45, Karina Petroni (USA) 9.20

Heat 3: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.75, Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.60, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.50

Heat 4: Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.85, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.70, Serena Brooke (AUS) 8.85

Heat 5: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 14.25, Layne Beachley (AUS) 13.30, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 10.25

Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.75, Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 10.50, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 1.85

 

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.50, Karina Petroni (USA) 10.85, Serena Brooke (AUS) 7.35

Heat 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 10.00, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.50, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 6.00

 

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 14.35 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.90

Heat 2: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 12.15 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 7.30

 

REMAINING BEACHLEY CLASSIC Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 3: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)

Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Karina Petroni (AUS)

Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (AUS) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)

Heat 7: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Megan Abubo (HAW)

Heat 8: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)

2008 BEACHLEY CLASSIC ON AT MANLY TODAY

Posted by: on October 9th, 2008

Great swell. The girls are in the water. Get on down there if you can.

BEACHLEY CLASSIC SAVED AT “D” HOUR BY CBA

Posted by: on October 7th, 2008
The Local Business Banking division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced that it will sponsor the 2008 Beachley Classic in a last minute sponsorship deal that has saved this major women’s surfing event held in Manly. 
The Beachley Classic, now in its third year, was hanging in the balance with sponsorship at an all time low. 
 
The principal of the Beachley Classic 7 times ASP World Champion Layne Beachley said, ““CBA have saved the day. This has provided me with an enormous sense of relief and gratitude. In a world full of scared investors CBA have shown the courage to support our women’s event and in so doing, initiated their new policy of support and promotion of women within the banking services. I am so proud that CBA have chosen the Beachley Classic to launch their new female focussed direction.”
 
“I would also like to acknowledge the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and Dairy Farmers who have come on as support partners to the event”. 
 
The Beachley Classic, which Layne launched in 2006 is an ASP Women’s World Tour surfing event featuring the Top 17 ranked women surfers in the world, plus one Wildcard entrant taken from the Oakley Trials event. Countries competing include Australia, USA, Peru, South Africa and Brazil. 

In 2008, with the Local business banking Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s financial assistance, the Beachley Classic is looking forward to emulating and further building on the success of the past two tournaments. 
 
Executive General Manager Local Business Banking Mr Symon Brewis-Weston said “I recently attended Layne’s Aim For the Stars Foundation luncheon and was incredibly impressed with her commitment to supporting women in all their endeavours. What struck me particularly was the synergy between our new initiative in support of women within our Local Business Services and Layne’s determination to help women succeed. So we are thrilled to be able to sponsor the Beachley Classic as a symbol of support for women across the nation”. 
 
The Beachley Classic is inadvertently positioned as one of the most crucial events of the calendar with 20% bonus points on offer. 

Staged in conjunction with Commonwealth Bank, Events New South Wales, Arrive Alive and Beachley and with the support of Oakley, Dairy Farmers and the Manly Council, the Beachley Classic begins its waiting period on October 9, 2008 and runs through October 14th, 2008.