TEAHUPOO, Taiarapu/Tahiti (Wednesday, August 25, 2010) – Event organizers for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, have called its third consecutive lay day today, but with swell projected to build through the next 72 hours, the world’s best surfers could be on at Teahupoo in the coming days.
“This is probably the smallest day yet, as projected, and we’ve called competition off for the day,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “The next couple of days are showing a build which could see us running, and the end of the waiting period is also looking more favourable than it was a few days ago. We’ll be back tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions.”
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for small scale southwest swell will ease through mid week. A small, long period southwest swell will slowly build in Thursday and Friday, which will offer a slight increase in size and power.
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Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.
When competition commences, up first will be Damien Hobgood (USA), 31, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 25, and Jay Thompson (AUS), 28, in the opening heat of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com/tahiti10/
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BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Damien Hobgood (USA), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Roy Powers (HAW), Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Tamaroa McComb (PYF)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tuamata Puhetini (PYF)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 13: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 14: Michel Bourez (PYF), Dean Morrison (AUS), Mick Campbell (AUS)
Heat 15: Taylor Knox (USA), Luke Munro (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 16: Chris Davidson (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS)