Monday, October 29, 2007
Sofia To Defend Title At Reef Hawaiian Pro
By Press Release
Six-star WQS rating makes November 12-24 event key to women's WCT qualification
Carlsbad, CAWomen take equal billing as the 2007 Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first stop in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, rolls into Haleiwa this November. With $10,000, a new Chevy truck, the first jewel in the Triple Crown and end of season WQS points on the line, Reef team rider, Sofia Mulanovich is setting her sites on returning to defend not only her Hawaiian Pro title, but also the overall Vans Triple Crown honor.
"Reef has been a sponsor of mine since I started surfing. It is cool to see them supporting the Haleiwa event," says Reef rider Sofia Mulanovich. "Winning the Vans Triple Crown in 2006 was one of my long time goals. I am amped to return to Hawaii to not only defend my Triple Crown Title, but to win another World Title. The level of surfing is insane right now, I am stoked to be a part of this generation of female surfers and ready to win!"
On the women's side, the Reef Hawaiian Pro is the very last WQS event and one of only three 6-star WQS events in 2007. That makes it a crucial event to gain points toward 2008 Women's World Championship Tour qualification. Mulanovich, who is currently number three in the world, will face current leader, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), and current number two, Silvana Lima (BRA) for the world title to be decided during the Vans Triple Crown.
The event is set to run November 12-24, 2007 at Ali'i Beach Park in Haleiwa Town on Oahu's famous North Shore. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, with the Reef Hawaiian Pro being the newest sponsor addition to this historic event series.
People all over the world will be watching the Reef Hawaiian Pro's live webcast at reef.com or triplecrownofsurfing.com to find out who qualifies for next year's men's and women's WCT as it happens. If you are on the North Shore from November 12-24, 2007, stop by Ali'i Beach Park to take in all of the action firsthand. With a former Hawaiian Pro winners list that includes Sofia Mulanovich, Andy Irons, Pancho Sullivan and Sunny Garcia, the stakes are high and the action is sure to be intense.