Brazilian challenges Aussie supremacy in ASP Women's World Championship

In the latest round of the  ASP World Champioship it was the Brazilian girl Silvana Lima who dominated the Australians in Peru. The surfers had gathered at San Bartolo in the last scheduled event before a 3 month break and after 5 events it was the Brazilian’s turn to show how its done.

This leaves Aussies Stephanie Gilmore (4716 points) and Sally Fitzgibbons(4224 points) still in first and second place for the 2010 World Championship but Lima is pushing them all the way. After her victory she has 3612 points and will not be taking the summer break lying on the sand and soaking up the sun.

Silvana Lima of Brazil winning the Movistar Peru Classic presented by IPD – photo courtesy of ASP

The win marks Lima’s third elite victory of her career and vaults the South American from 7th to 3rd on the ASP Women’s World Tour ranking.

“It’s the biggest result I have had since last year,” Lima said. “It’s really good for me. I feel like I have been surfing well this year but haven’t been making heats. This is very good for my confidence and the rest of the season. I wish we didn’t have such a big break though.”

The Movistar Peru Classic culminated in dramatic fashion with some major upsets and stunning performances. Sofia Mulanovich of Peru the former ASP Women’s World Champion (2004) and 2009 Movistar Peru Classic winner, once again pulled out some late heat heroics to best Chelsea Hedges of Australia  in the quarterfinals but was unable to overcome Sally Fitzgibbons in the semifinals.

Stephanie Gilmore of Australia and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion suffered a last-minute defeat at the hands of Lima in their Semifinal bout. It was therefore down to Lima and Fitzgibbons to fight it out in the final. Lima wasted little time in the final, assaulting the glassy righthanders with a barrage of hi-fi fin throws and searing carves, amassing the highest heat total of the event, a 16.50 out of a possible 20, to best her young Australian opponent who scored 10.77.

1 –
Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.50
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.77

SF 1:
Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.00
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.60 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.56

QF 1:
Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.43 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.23
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.50
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.27 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.70
QF 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.14 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 13.43

Current ASP Women’s World Tour Top 5 (After Peru):
1 –
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4716 pts
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4224 pts
3 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3612 pts
4 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 3588 pts
5 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 3180 pts

The action comes from San Bartolo thanks to OlasPeruTV and shows Julia de la Rosa (Peru), Paige Hareb (New Zealand), Rossane Hodge (South Africa), Sage Erickson (USA), Silvana Lima (Brazil), Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) in the first round heats

Further footage from emfocosurf shows Silvana Lima, Jessi Miley-Dyer (Australia) and Nikits Robb (South Africa) in the first round at San Bartolo.

The next stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 7 through 11, 2010.

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