Ben Dunn

The Billabong Pro Mundaka is back ON in two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at the backup site of Sopelana.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka will open up this morning with Heat 9 of Round 1, continuing with the elimination man-on-man format utilized on Day 1 of competition.

“The swell has increased since yesterday and we’ll be getting underway at 9:15am with Heat p of Round 1,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Mundaka Contest Director, said. “We’ll be monitoring conditions throughout the day, but plan on running as many heats as possible.”

Up first this morning is ASP Dream Tour veteran Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, up against event wildcard Dean Bowen (AUS) in Heat 9 of Round 1.

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Association of Surfing Professionals

The October 2009 ASP Board of Directors meeting has completed, with all surfers, events and administration uniting to activate landmark improvements that make the ASP World Tour bigger and better for 2010 and beyond.

“On behalf of the Association of Surfing Professionals, I am pleased to reaffirm the commitment from both our surfers and events in progressing the sport in a unified and collaborative effort,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We have just completed a period of intense discussion with the world’s best surfers and the world’s best events which culminated in the unanimous support of the ASP and the commitment to the continuation of crowning undisputed world champions, as we have done so for 30 years, for generations to come.”

First and foremost amongst the historic changes is the transformation to a one-world rating tem and the trimming back of the ASP World Tour field. Beginning in 2010, the ASP will move from the current two-tier tem to an all-inclusive one-world rating tem where both ASP World Tour and ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events will be used to determine a surfer’s rating.

Halfway through the 2010 season, the ASP World Tour field will be reduced from the current 45-man plus three wildcards tem to a 32-man plus four wildcards field. The timing of this reduction in field is to allow everyone qualifying for next season’s Dream Tour ample opportunity to establish themselves in the Top 32.

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Jessi Miley-Dyer

In an all-Australian Final at Leblon, Jessi Miley-Dyer claimed the Rio Surf Pro International presented by Oakley. In second place finished the younger surfer Laura Enever, only 17 years old. With the result in the last ASP WQS event of the year, Jessi won US$4,000 and also finished the year in second place with the Hawaiian Coco Ho winning the 2009 ASP Women’s WQS title.

Jessi started the heat with a good right (6 points out a possible of 10), then Enever stayed in the outside waiting for the set, without priority Jessi started to get many waves. Enever got one to receive 4.17 from judges, and with 10 minutes remaining, Jessi founded a great right and with three big turns (8.33 points) left Enever needing a combination of two waves to win the final.

Enever only got another wave (2.67 points) and with 6.84 points (out a possible of 20), Enever finished in second while Jessi with 14.33 points assured the title of the Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley in good three-to-four foot (1-1.5 metre) waves at Leblon.

"I’m very happy because I hadn’t won a contest in a very long time. My last time was in Peru, so I think I have luck here in South America" said Jessi Miley-Dyer. "I’m not going well in the World Tour this year, so I needed to run the WQS to confirm my position to 2010. I knew I needed a good result here in Brazil. It was a difficult week, no waves, them we had big waves for two days in a row, so It was nice, so now I just want to celebrate."

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