ASP WQS Women's 6-Star Billabong Cascais Girls Festival to Start Tomorrow

CASCAIS, Guincho, Portugal (Wednesday, July 30, 2008) - The Billabong Cascais Girls Festival, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event, will get underway tomorrow at the beautiful beach of Guincho in Cascais.

Consistent waves in the three-to-five (1 to 1.5 meter) waves are forecast for Day 1 of competition which will give all competitors the opportunity to get their first heat out of the way.

Serena Brooke (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Karina Petroni (USA), current elite ASP Women's World touring surfers, will be leading the 60-women field in the event and are seen as favorites towards a possible win.

All looking to clinch their first victory this season, they will face a hungry pack of current ASP WQS campaigners including reigning ASP European Women's Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) and reigning ASP European Women's Pro Junior Champion Pauline Ado (FRA).

Conditions are expected to remain consistent for the 4-day waiting period, and the event only needs two full days of competition to be completed. Strong winds are forecast from Friday, August 1, and officials are looking forward to getting things going tomorrow and run as many heats as possible to offer competitors some enjoyable time out in the water.

Joana Rocha (PRT), Billabong Cascais Girls Festival organiser who will also be competing in the event, will be much awaited by the numerous summer crowd expected at Guincho. She will face Paige Hareb (NZL) who won the ASP Women's WQS 5-Star event in Brazil in June, and rising star Alana Blanchard (HAW) in Heat 10 of Round 2.

"Tomorrow should be the best day of the waiting period," Rocha said. "We are planning to get as much heats as possible out of the way so all girls get a chance at surfing the better conditions. Then the usual strong winds of Guincho are supposed to rise for the weekend but we are very confident about the waves."

Event officials and orgainsers will meet at 7.30 AM (GMT+1) at Guincho for a possible 8 AM start.

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