Chelsea Hedges in action during the Movistar Peru Classic at Lima, Peru, yesterday.
Chelsea Hedges in action during the Movistar Peru Classic at Lima, Peru, yesterday. Kenny Morris

Chelsea has slick opener

TWEED surfer Chelsea Hedges is hedging her bets at a maiden 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour victory after an inspiring first round at the Movistar Peru Classic at San Bartolo’s yesterday.

The 26-year-old excelled in punchy three-to-four foot lefthanders, notching the highest heat score of the day, a 16.43 out of a possible 20 for a rampaging forehand assault.

“I was considering the righthander before the heat started but I’m happy I surfed the left,” Hedges said.

“Any chance to get to surf my forehand, I like to take advantage.

“The waves seemed to pulse for that heat there and Coco (Ho) is such a good surfer that it really pushed my surfing.”

With three equal thirds and an equal ninth on her scorecard entering the fifth round, the ASP world champion (2005) and current world No.4 is one of the few surfers who can make an assault on current world No.1, Kingscliff’s Stephanie Gilmore.

“I definitely feel like my surfing has been solid this season,” Hedges said.

“I made a strategic mistake in the last event that cost me dearly.

“I’m trying to rebound from that and just push my surfing with each heat.”

Gilmore, 22, also advanced into round three, along with Australian world No.2 Sally Fitzgibbons, No.3 Sofia Mulanovich (PER), joint No.4 Melanie Bartels (USA), No.7 Silvana Lima (BRA), No.8 Coco Ho, No.9 Rebecca Woods (AUS), No.10 Paige Hareb (NZL), Amee Donohoe (NZL), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) and Peruvian wildcard Julia de la Rosa Toro.

When competition resumes (possible 9am start local time), up first will be Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Sage Erickson (AUS) and Anali Gomez (PER) in the opening heat of round two followed by Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Nikita Robb (ZAF), Valeria Sole (PER).

They are all battling it out for the remaining spots in round three.



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