MIDDLES, Puerto Rico (Saturday, October 30, 2010) – The Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico has been called ON this morning with Round 1 commencing in three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves at the primary site of Middles at 7:30am.
Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico has captured the attention of the international sporting world as it will potentially host Kelly Slater (USA), 38, clinching an historic 10th ASP World Title.
“We have punchy three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves on offer this morning at the primary site of Middles and we’ll be getting underway at 7:30am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’ll be running Round 1 of the men followed by Round 1 of the women, with Round 2 of the women on standby.”
Up first this morning will be Adrian Buchan (AUS), 28, Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33, and Travis Logie (ZAF), 31, in the opening heat of Round 1.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, are calling for plenty of NE/ENE trade swell expected for Puerto Rico today. The surf is projected to come down a notch or two tomorrow but fun size surf is expected to continue then. NW/NNW becoming N swell mixes in with the lingering trade swell Monday into Tuesday of next week.
The Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be televised LIVE in Australia on FUEL TV. For more information, check out www.foxsports.com.au/fueltv
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RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Taylor Knox (USA), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Brett Simpson (USA), Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW), Bruna Schmitz (BRA)
Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Paige Hareb (NZL), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
The Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico is fully supported by the island of Puerto Rico.
“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is thrilled to welcome the Rip Curl Pro Search Somewhere in Puerto Rico. Our Island is home to the most beautiful beaches and perfect waves for surfing,” Mario González Lafuente, Executive Director of CTPR, said. “At the Puerto Rico Tourism Company we will continue working the sports niche to highlight our Island and positively impact the economy. Without a doubt this championship helps to position our destination as the ideal surfing spot and will entice our guests to discover why Puerto Rico does it better!”