Round 3 ON at Middles

MIDDLES, Puerto Rico (Sunday, October 31, 2010) -Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour, has been called ON this morning in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary site of Middles.

"We have fun-looking surf coming through the lineup this morning and we'll begin Round 3 of the girls at 7am," Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. "We have both the men's Round 2 and the women's Quarterfinals on standby."

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, could potentially clinch her fourth, consecutive ASP Crown today in the Caribbean.

For Gilmore to clinch her fourth ASP Women's World Title at the Rip Curl Women's Pro Search Puerto Rico, the following scenarios must occur:
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 3rd or better, she clinches the 2010 ASP Women's World Title.
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 5th, Fitzgibbons needs to win the event to send the 2010 ASP Women's World Title Race to Hawaii.
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 9th or Equal 17th, Fitzgibbons needs to finish Runner-Up or better and/or Moore needs to win to send the 2010 ASP Women's World Title Race to Hawaii.
- Essentially, if Fitzgibbons fails to finish higher than Equal 3rd and/or Moore fails to win the event, Gilmore will clinch the 2010 ASP Women's World Title.

Up first this morning will be Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 27, up against Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 21, in the opening heat of Round 3.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, are calling for the surf to come down a notch or two into Sunday but fun size surf is expected to continue as well. NW/NNW becoming N swell mixes in with the lingering trade swell Monday into Tuesday of next week. Smaller, short period trade windswell is expected for Wednesday.
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Heat 1:Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 2:Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 3:Melanie Bartels (HAW) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 4:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5:Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 6:Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 7:Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 8:Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Bruna Schmitz (BRA)

Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 2:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 3:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 4:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 5:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 6:Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 7:Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8:Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 9:Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11:Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 12:Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)