The Beachley Commonwealth Classic has become an important event on the women’s ASP tour. Previously held at Layne Beachley’s home break Manly Beach, the event held September 30- October 5, 2009 will move to Dee Why Point.
The Beachley Commonwealth Classic is the third stop of seven for the women on tour this year. The move of this event to Dee Why should provide an extra challenge for the women. Waves and currents are stronger, so competitors need to be at the top of their athletic game.
Two-time ASP World Women’s Champion Stephanie Gilmore is currently rated number one. She is hoping to win this event and says she is ready for Dee Why. Stephanie has spent the past few months exploring California and surfing point breaks there. No current is going to keep her from a third title.
The 17 women on the tour this year are just getting done with a long break. The Commonwealth Beachley Classic will be difficult for that reason. This year it is made even more difficult for seasoned pros like Stephanie Gilmore and Layne Beachley because there are 5 rookies this year. It’s like having 5 wild cards; anything can happen.
Last year, everyone was surprised when young Tyler Wright won the event. She is just 15 this year and ready to win again. She is the youngest surfer to ever win a prestigious ASP women’s event, and the pressure is on. She’s hoping to get past the nerves and just be excited to surf against the elite female surfers.