After her May 3rd win at the ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series (QS) Port Taranaki Pro in New Zealand, Silvana Lima (BRA) finds her way back to the elite Tour as a wildcard in the Rio Women's Pro presented by Billabong.
Lima has a long history with the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). She spent seven years on the Tour until re-occuring knee injuries hampered her performance, consequently preventing her from re-qualifying. But 2014 has seen a revitalization of Lima's progressive style and her results have been favorable. She currently sits atop the list of six surfers who will qualify for the 2015 ASP Women's WCT.
"I'm getting closer to being back on the WCT next year," she said after her win at Taranaki. "I just need to stay fit and focused."
Lima's QS heats have been particularly telling as she has outshone a list of WCT-ranked opponents. Her Finals victory at Fitzroy Beach was over Laura Enever (AUS), currently No. 10 on the WCT Women's rankings. Earlier in the year, at the Hunter Ports Women's Classic, Lima knocked off WCT No. 13 Nikki Van Dijk (AUS).
Clearly, Lima will not be out of her league, figuratively speaking, in Rio. Still, her wildcard placement puts her in a tough spot right off the bat, lining up with Paige Hareb (NZL) and the current WCT No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW) in Heat 3 of the Rio Women's Pro presented by Billabong.