LACANAU, France (Tuesday, August 17, 2010) – The Sooruz Lacanau Pro an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event has been put on hold until Wednesday 18th August due to small inconsistent waves at the main event site. The decision not to run today was taken yesterday afternoon by event officials after consulting weather fores and swell predictions.
Clear blue skies and light winds and a totally flat ocean greeted event officials and the handful of surfers on-site to check firsthand the swell conditions. Small 30cm waves are breaking and the previous day’s decision not to start the Sooruz Lacanau Pro today proved correct.
Swell is predicted for later in the week and contest director Cyril Camu is confident that the 2010 edition of the Sooruz Lacanau Pro will get underway if not tomorrow then definitely on Thursday. Great waves were on offer for the running of the Oakley Pro Junior previous to the ASP Men’s Star-Series event and with the swell fore all is pointing toward another successful Sooruz Lacanau Pro.
2010 is the 31st edition of the Lacanau Pro and Camu explains what we can expect over the following days.
“We are going to do a check-in tomorrow at 10:30 but I think that if we can start it will be around 4pm in the afternoon. Not before so we will have to wait and see what we have in the morning and the make the next decision.”
“I think the fore will be good on Friday and on Saturday and Sunday,” continued Camu. “So we are going to wait for waves and I don’t think we are going to surf tomorrow perhaps in the afternoon but I am not sure at this time because the period is not very good and we have got time so it is not a problem to wait.”
Having just finished the Oakley Pro Junior event officials know what conditions are possible and the potential of the sand banks which have formed at Lacanau. Camu is confident that waiting for waves for the surfers and then running double banks is the best possible way to run the event.
“We have got two good banks at Lacanau so we are going to do double banks on Thursday and Friday I think and perhaps on Saturday morning. It will be better for the surfers and everyone.”
“We have 31 years of doing the contest,” explained Camu about the history behind the Sooruz Lacanau Pro. “It was the first contest in Europe and the third contest when we subscribed to ASP International so it is a great competition and we are very proud of it. At first I worked as a beach marshal and then I was in the tower as a spotter and now I am the president of the association who organise the event and I work here as contest director.”
First call tomorrow will be at 10:30am with both round one and round two of the ASP Men’s Star-Series 6-Star on stand-by for the start of the Sooruz Lacanau Pro 2010.
For all results, videos, daily highlights, photos and news log-on to www.aspeurope.com
SOORUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Andre Silva (BRA), Hugo Savalli (REU), Parrish Byrne (AUS), Remi Petersen (ZAF)
Heat 2: Brendon Gibbens (ZAF), David do Carmo (BRA), Nico Rupp (DEU), Joackim Petersen Guichard (NOR)
Heat 3: Roland Lefeuvre (FRA), Jean Da Silva (BRA), Frederic Robin (REU), Cheyne Willis (HAW)
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Romain Laulhe (FRA), Taylor Thorne (USA)
Heat 5: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Jack Perry (AUS), Masatoshi Ohno (JPN), Adrien Valero (FRA)
Heat 6: Jano Belo (BRA), Marlon Lipke (DEU), Stuart Campbell (GBR), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 7: Heath Joske (AUS), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Medi Vemenardi (REU), Charles Martin (GLP)
Heat 8: Bernardo Miranda (BRA), Kai Barger (HAW), Nick Riley (AUS), Filipe Jervis (PRT)
Heat 9: Tomas Hermes (BRA), Alan Stokes (GBR), Abdel El Harim (MAR), Alessandro Piu (ITA)
Heat 10: Rhys Bombaci (AUS), Casey Brown (HAW), Ryah Arthur (USA), Pablo Gutierrez (ESP)
Heat 11: Alexander El Naib (DEU), Ruda Carvalho (BRA), Txaber Trojaola (EUK), Freddie Meadows (SWE)
Heat 12: Brian Toth (PRI), Cory Ziems (AUS), Patrick Beven (FRA), Gregory Pastusiak (FRA)
Heat 13: Kiron Jabour (HAW), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Vincent Primal (FRA)
Heat 14: Richard Christie (NZL), Shaun Joubert (ZAF), Jay Davies (AUS), Luca Petersen Guichard (NOR)
Heat 15: Ricky Basnett (ZAF), Reubyn Ash (GBR), Russell Molony (AUS), Robertson Goncalves (PRT)
Heat 16: Jay Quinn (NZL), Jorge Spanner (BRA), Kyle Lane (ZAF), Norman Landa (EUK)
Heat 17: Mason Ho (HAW), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Klee Strachan (ZAF), Cody Sammons (USA)
Heat 18: Edouard Delpero (FRA), Joao Guedes (PRT), Damien Chaudoy (REU), Adrien Toyon (REU)
Heat 19: Paulo Moura (BRA), Tim Boal (FRA), Omer Bar (ISR), Dylan Southworth (MEX)
Heat 20: Tiago Camarao (BRA), Kieran Horn (USA), Christophe Allary (REU), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
Heat 21: David Weare (ZAF), Brent Dorrington (AUS), Vincent Duvignac (FRA), Jared Thorne (USA)
Heat 22: Eneko Acero (EUK), Odirlei Coutinho (BRA), Bruno Rodrigues (BRA), Ricardo Lange (DEU)
Heat 23: Jayce Robinson (GBR), Kevin Sullivan (HAW), Oli Adams (GBR), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK)
Heat 24: Jihad Khodr (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Manuel Selman (CHL), Frederico Morais (PRT)