ZARAUTZ, Basque Country – Spain (Friday, September 2, 2011) – Unfortunately on the fourth day of the ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel waiting period, the swell hasn’t reached Zarautz and no heats were surfed. Uncontestable 0,20m waves kept rolling in today with no evolution towards a possible start.
Contest Director Aitor Aguirremota was on deck early this morning and kept an eye on the shores today in hopes of bigger waves and longer lines on the horizon but at the end of the day the conditions didn’t improve as expected.
“Because we couldn’t run any heats so far, the plan is to run split banks tomorrow as soon as we have waves and do a complete day of surfing, 9 hours minimum if possible. If we can do that it would mean we can finish the first two rounds with 20 minute heats and maybe even start the third round. If all this is possible then we can finish the contest on Sunday for sure.”
With a short two-days time remaining in the official waiting period at the ASP San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel, questions are raised as to the possibility of finishing the event after the weekend.
“Unfortunately if we can’t run as soon as tomorrow morning we might have to finish the event on Monday and ask some surfers and the staff to stay with us one more day. Tomorrow is definitely the key.”
Event officials have been monitoring the conditions for five days now and the new swell expected for the weekend is about to reach the Basque coastline in the next few hours. A decision has been made to have an earlier call tomorrow morning at 8.30AM to try to start before the full tide if conditions allow it.
«I use three different websites to analyze the previsions. It’s very hard to say what is going to happen with certainty because they all have a different forecast. Some said the swell would hit us today, others tomorrow morning and the pessimistic ones even announce it for saturday evening.»
The ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz pres. by Euskaltel is scheduled from August 30 – 4 September, 2011. For more information, and all upcoming results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast log-on to; www.aspeurope.com
Upcoming San Miguel Pro Zarautz pres. by Euskaltel Round One Matchups
Heat 1: Jack Perry (AUS), Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN), Marthen Pagliarini (BRA), Carlos Gomez (ESP)
Heat 2: Indar Unanue (EUK), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Cheyne Willis (HAW), Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
Heat 3: Patrick Beven (FRA), Alexander El Naib (DEU), Reubyn Ash (GBR)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA), Adrien Valero (FRA), Frederic Robin (REU), Rudy Marechal (FRA)
Heat 5: Marlon Lipke (DEU), Jared Thorne (USA), Francisco Bellorin (VEN), Alex Iriondo (EUK)
Heat 6: Nic Von Rupp (DEU), Thiago De Souza (BRA), Robertson Goncalves (PRT), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 7: Hugo Savalli (REU), Dede Suryana (IDN), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT), Tim Wrench (AUS)
Heat 8: Jack Freestone (AUS), Ty Watson (AUS), Dane Anderson (USA), Rowan Aish (NZL)
Heat 9: Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Taylor Thorne (USA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Yassine Ramdani (MAR)
Heat 10: Brendon Gibbens (ZAF), Perth Standlick (AUS), Thomas Woods (AUS), Gregory Pastusiak (FRA)
Heat 11: Stephen Walsh (AUS), Gabriel Villaran (PER), Luke Cheadle (AUS), Alexandre Chacon (AUS)
Heat 12: David Do Carno (BRA), Beto Mariano (BRA), James Taipan Wood (AUS), Steven Pierson (PYF)
Heat 13: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Alan Jhones (BRA), Txaber Trojaola (EUK), Roberto Letemendia (ESP)
Heat 14: Halley Batista (BRA), Marcio Farney (BRA), Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), David Vlug (AUS)
Heat 15: Chris Salisbury (AUS), Manuel Selman (CHL), Freddie Meadows (SWE)
Heat 16: Nick Riley (AUS), Andre Teixeira (BRA), Nicholas Squires (AUS), Matt Baldock (AUS)
Heat 17: William Allioti (FRA), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Igor Munian (ESP), Lee Wilson (IDN)
Heat 18: Gavin Gilette (HAW), Jatyr Berasaluce (ESP), Brent Savage (AUS), James Woods (AUS)
Heat 19: Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), Matt Pagan (USA), Yannick De Jager (NLD), Alessandro Piu (ITA)
Heat 20: Eneko Acero (EUK), Norman Landa (EUK), Filipe Jervis (PRT), Lars Musschoot (BEL)
Heat 21: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Casey Brown (HAW), Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Sam Wrench (AUS)
Heat 22: Tom Cloarec (FRA), Teppei Tajima (JPN), Christophe Allary (REU), Ethan Egiguren (EUK)
Heat 23: Alan Donato (BRA), Justin Mujica (PRT), Gordon Fontaine (FRA), Joao Guedes (PRT)
Heat 24: Roberto d’Amico (ITA), Chris Friend (AUS), Romain Laulhe (FRA), Asier Munian (EUK)