OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Tuesday, November 1, 2011) – The opening day of the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is LIVE this morning in peaky two-to-four foot surf at Ocean Beach in San Francisco and today’s proceedings are expected to see the completion of Round 1 while Round 2 is on standby.
Stop No. 10 of 11 on the men’s ASP World Title Race, the Rip Curl Pro San Francisco represents the first elite ASP World Tour event in the city and could potentially see reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinch a historic 11th ASP World Title.
“We’ve got some swell on offer out at Ocean Beach this morning and are going to capitalize on the clean conditions to commence Round 1,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’re looking to finish Round 1 today and will keep Round 2 on standby.”
Opening up the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco will be Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, Taylor Knox (USA), 40, and Adam Melling (AUS), 26, in Heat 1 of Round 1.
The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, Livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com
Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, are calling for he first two days of the waiting period, Tuesday and Wednesday, to see solid northwest ground and windswell mix along with generally favorable wind conditions (although still lumpy and bumpy surf on Tuesday). The end of the week and into the following weekend (3rd-6th) will see more swell, but also variable and, at times, strong onshore wind.
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Dusty Payne (HAW), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Dean Brady (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)