Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Women Idle as Men Hit Big Surf

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Women Idle as Men Hit Big Surf

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Byline: SURF SCENE Andrew McKinnon

J-BAY pumps for the men but the women are still waiting for waves at Biarritz in the world title races.

The Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, has been pumping, with 10-point rides and perfect waves for the six-star World Qualifying Series event.

Gold Coasters Nathan Hedge and Jack Freestone were on fire in the early rounds but were eliminated on day two of the competition.

Local powerhouse Jordy Smith, who won this competition as a World Championship Tour event last year, is warming as the favourite, with the event expected to wrap up overnight.

Next whistle stop on the ASP World Qualifying tour is the annual US Open at Huntington Beach, California.

As a Prime Rated WQS, Huntington has attracted the likes of Kelly Slater, who is defending champion, plus Coolangatta's Joel Parkinson.

Parko will then head to Hawaii for his maiden Molokai to Oahu Paddle Race from July 29.

The second-last event on the women's ASP World Championship tour, the Roxy Pro at Biarritz, France, has been wave-starved so far, although organisers are expecting a possible start over the weekend.

For the third consecutive day, event officials had to call off competition because of a lack of swell at the main venue of La CA[acute accent]te des Basques in Biarritz.

Wind-affected one- to two-foot surf is breaking on the classic beach break set-up of the event's site today and with a confirmed four- to five-foot northwest swell coming, things are looking up in south-west France.

aWe waited all day and there's been a little increase in the swell but it's still not much,a ASP Women's World Tour manager Jessi Miley-Dyer said.

aWe're looking at bigger waves over the weekend. It's always interesting coming into the last events. Here we obviously have the world title race but we also have girls fighting for rookie of the year and also girls fighting for their careers and qualification, so there's going to be a few little stories played out in the next couple of days and I'm looking forward to watching it. …

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