‘Radical’ Silvana Lima wows Durban beach-goers

2008-07-06 00:00

DURBAN — Extraordinary Brazilian surfer, former ASP World number three Silvana Lima (Rio De Janeiro) won the Five-Star ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series Mr Price Pro, defeating 2006 European Junior Champion Pauline Ado (Fra) to become the second ever Brazilian women’s champion at Durban’s New Pier on Saturday.

Posting the only perfect 10-point rides seen in either the Men’s or Women’s events, Lima advanced into the finals, where she proved unstoppable against 17-year-old schoolgirl Pauline Ado.

Defeating her European opponent with 17.83 points to Ado’s 13.10 (out of 20.00), Lima earned R28 000 and jumped from 50th to 20th on the ASP World Qualifying Series ratings.

“I’m really, really feeling good,” Lima said in broken English. “Thanks to God, thanks to my friends, thanks to everybody from Brazil and everyone from here. I feel awesome!”

Arguably one of the most radical female surfers on tour, Lima wowed Durban beach-goers with her explosive surfing style defeating WQS number one Sally Fitzgibbons (Bra) in the quarter-finals and WQS No. 7 Bruna Schmitz (Bra) in the semi-finals. Lima went on to seal her 2008 Mr Price Pro victory off a pair of near perfect scores, a 9.33 and 8.50 (both out of 10) in the final.

“I think that Brazilians do so well here because the waves are very similar to what we have at home … ,” Lima said. “I love competing at this event.”

Reaching the quarter-finals were South Africans Rosy Hodge (EL) and Heather Clark (Port Shepstone), who finished equal fifth overall when they were eliminated by Schmitz and Ado respectively.

Women’s semis:

Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.67; Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.84; Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.83; Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 8.17

Women’s Final:

Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.83 ; Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.10

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