Chelsea riding high
TWEED surfer Chelsea Georgeson has the odds stacked in her favour as she bids to win the world surfing title.
Georgeson heads into the final and deciding event of the season, the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay starting Thursday, as the defending champion and a clear leader in the world title race.
Only reigning world champion Sofia Mulanovich, currently second in the ratings race, can prevent the stylish goofy-footer from claiming her first world crown.
"I'm really happy, excited, amped ... everything," Georgeson said from Hawaii. "But it's not over yet."
If Georgeson wins or places second behind Mulanovich at Honolua Bay she is assured the crown. If Mulanovich places second, Georgeson can win with a fifth.
The 2005 world title race has been a two-way battle since the start with Georgeson and Mulanovich each winning three of the eight women's world tour events staged so far this year.
Georgeson had trailed her Peruvian rival for most of the season but with perfect timing has taken the lead on the Hawaiian home leg.
The 22-year-old's stunning victory in the recent Haleiwa event has her heading into the Billabong Pro full of confidence.
"Being defending champion gives you a bit of extra confidence, it's a beautiful wave and I really enjoy surfing Maui," Georgeson said.
Georgeson will spearhead a strong Australian assault at Honolua Bay including Coolangatta duo Serena Brook and Trudy Todd who is still on a high after her recent victory in the world tour event in California.
The Billabong Pro Maui will be contested during a competition window from December 8-20.