By ANDREW McKINNON
WELL done to Tweed's Chelsea Georgeson taking out her first WCT event of the year, the Billabong Pro at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
After a 4 day wait for contestable conditions, Chelsea rose to the occasion by defeating World champ and current ratings leader Sophia Mulanovich of Peru in the semi's and then overcame experienced big wave seasoned veteran Melanie Redman-Carr (WA) in the final.
Chelsea who many regard as unofficially the best female surfer in the World, is now a step closer to realizing her World title ambitions and poses as a real threat for this year's ASP World women's title.
Chelsea has moved up the ratings ladder from 5th to second, her other results include a 3rd, 5th and her worst a 9th which will be a throw away in the final wash-up.
The Billabong Pro was the 4th of 9 events on the women's ASP World tour and the next stop for the girls is in the UK.
If you're hooked up to Pay TV, don't miss next month's (July) 'Surf Vault' special on the Fuel network covering the amazing 22 year contest career of Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo.
Titled Occy: Prequel, featuring the early years and meteoric rise to fame, followed by his fall from grace and sudden demise and then reemergence as the 1999 World Champion.
The future World champions of the sport will get their chance to have their first contest hit-out in this weekend's third annual South Coast Foam Junior Surf Slam.
The competition is open to all grommets from the beginner to intermediate level who have yet to reach the state titles or make it past the finals of the Rip Curl Grom Search or this years HIC grommet challenge.
Age groups for the boys will be u/10, u/12, u/14, u/16 and girl's u/12, u/14, u/16. All contestants will meet at Burleigh Point on Saturday at 6.30am.
For further info contact Surfing Queensland on 07 55 201 165.
Former dual Australian open and senior mens champion Mark Richardson was back in form on the weekend to take out the Print Point Masters o/28 year's final at Maroochydore.
Richo who only just missed out making the open finals of the Billabong QCC Cr to Cr out pointed North End's Paul Buratowski in a close one.
The next Print Point Masters Circuit event will be on the Gold Coast from the 2nd of July. Contact SQ for more info.
Noosa's Josh Constable and current Australian open mens Longboard champion is in the running to win the $40,000 Suzuki 4 wheel drive vitara after claiming the second last event on the Suzuki Longboard Tour at Torquay, Victoria on the weekend.
No stranger to the icy cold Victorian waters, the 'Terminator' won the Aussie open mens title at Bells last year and in his latest wins chose to wear his boardshorts while everyone else had the full rubber long length wetsuits on.
Currumbin's Jackson Close who placed third in the final and has placed runner-up in the previous WA leg is an outside chance to win the series which climaxes at Byron Bay on the first weekend of July.
KIRRA SURFRIDERS CLUB INC
At Lovers 3 ft walls.
Best Judge Chris Payne, Best Wipeout Rory Green, Best Tube Adam Neilsen, Best Manoeuvre Gabriel Ghigi.
Juniors: 1st Adam Neilsen,2nd Damien Lee, 3rd Chris Stanton, 4th Rory Green
Adults: Ist Gabriel Ghigi, 2nd Adam Neilsen, 3rd Adam Klink.
Next Meeting 16/05/05 Monday 7pm at the clubroom. Next contest, 22nd May, Microgroms, groms, cadets, seniors, masters, grand masters contest 6.45am Dbah.