The world's best female surfers have arrived in Portugal for the second event on the European leg of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour (WCT), the Cascais Women's Pro, which has a waiting period from October 1-7.
Following Tyler Wright's victory at the Roxy Pro France there are just 3,200 points separating the top four surfers, and with only two events remaining this season the ASP World Title race is on the line. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Carissa Moore (HAW) are leading the field, each with two WCT wins this season, and all remain in contention to take the 2014 surfing Crown.
The Cascais Women's Pro is the ninth and second-to-last stop on the 2014 WCT. Having joined the ASP Women's Tour for the first time in 2013, this year the event will play host to one of the most exciting World Title races in ASP history. Both the main site of Carcavelos, as well as the secondary site Guincho, offer hollow and powerful waves, the perfect canvas for the field of 18 to showcase their talents.
â€œThis has been the best season of women's surfing yet and we're so proud of the whole ASP Top 17,â€ said Women's Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. â€œIt's one of the closest World Title races ever so we're really excited to see what happens here.â€
â€œIt's wonderful to be back in Portugal,â€ said Moore, the defending event winner and reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion. â€œIt looks like there will be a couple of good days of surf and there are such great vibes here. The World Title race is coming down to the wire so it's going to be really exciting."
â€œIt's a fantastic feeling to be in the yellow jersey at this point in the season, even though it's neck-and-neck and so close at the top,â€ said Fitzgibbons, current ratings leader. â€œIt's a great time for women's surfing.â€
â€œThis next week is going to be really exciting,â€ said Wright, World No. 2. â€œIt's the second-to-last event of the season and it looks like we'll have good waves, which is great.â€
The local wildcard for the event has been awarded to 14-year-old Malia Manuel (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in the opening heat of Round 1. Catch all the action LIVE daily and on DVR on this site.
ASP Women's WCT Top 5 (as of October 1, 2014):
- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 57,900 pts
- Tyler Wright (AUS) 56,200 pts
- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 55,950 pts
- Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,700 pts
- Malia Manuel (HAW) 38,850 pts