LEVANTO, Italy (Thursday, November 17, 2011) – The ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) Bear Pro presented by Jeep called another lay day as the wait continues for signs of the current stable weather pattern to change. A small low pressure system is forming around the island of Corsica with event officials and surfers monitoring the progress and push of this possible upcoming swell.
Bear Pro presented by Jeep Contest Director, Julien ‘Vico’ Hamel has followed closely the weather charts and latest developments in the hope of being able to commence this 50,000$USD event. Hamel knows it is going to be difficult over the remaining days of the waiting period with the forecast on offer.
“We do have a little push coming up from Corsica generated by a small and weak 5 to 10, maximum 15 knot wind so it could be okay. The bad thing is we still have the high pressure system pushing it offshore with 30 to 35 knots of wind blowing it straight to Barcelona. So if we do have a push it is going to be weak and the wind from the coast is stronger than the wind from the sea. So if we have something it will be really hard for everyone.”
Event officials and surfers will meet again later today to follow up on their previous decisions to remain on hold and wait for any possible swell that may arise during the final days of the event.
“We have a surfers meeting again today so we can assess everybody’s thoughts and see what the surfers think of the new charts. We will see what Marco (Urtis) has to say about the forecast as he is a local here. That will be the point of having this last meeting to try and get one last chance to make a proper decision regarding what we can have as a swell forecast.”
Al Hunt, ASP International Tour Manager, is in constant contact with the surfers and officials with advice and instructions regarding what options are available to the event in terms of the minimum amount of time needed to complete the contest.
“Basically if we can’t finish the event or we don’t have enough time to finish then we won’t start it,” stated Hunt. “We only need a day and we can finish it easily in one day. You never know what might come. Even today there are signs of a swell even though it is nowhere near ridable but at least after a week we have something.”
Highlights from the pre-event free surf sessions and from the previous days of the waiting period can be seen by clicking on ‘videos’ at www.bearpro2011.com as well as the LIVE broadcast of ‘The Morning Show’ each day at 9am with interviews, forecasts and all the latest news on activities at the ASP WLT Bear Pro presented by Jeep.
The ASP WLT Bear Pro presented by Jeep will reconvene at 7.30am when another call will be made on conditions and a possible start to the event.
The ASP Bear Pro presented by Jeep will run from November 10 to 20 and will be webcast LIVE with the ‘Morning Show’, all results, photos and daily highlights seen at www.bearpro2011.com
The Bear Pro presented by Jeep is proudly produced by Reset Communications in association with Area 51, the Liguria Region, the Province of La Spezia and the town of Levanto. For further information regarding the ASP Bear Pro presented by Jeep log onto www.aspeurpe.com
ASP WLT Bear Pro presented by Jeep Round One Matchups
Heat 1: Antoine Delpero (FRA) Vs Matt Aldridge (AUS)
Heat 2: Eduardo Bage (BRA) Vs Mitch Surman (AUS)
Heat 3: Jared Neal (AUS) Vs Justin Bing (ZAF)
Heat 4: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) Vs Alessandro Demartini (ITA)
Heat 5: Kai Sallas (HAW) Vs Shohei Akimoto (JPN)
Heat 6: Tim Creignou (FRA) Vs Adam Griffiths (GBR)
Heat 7: Damien Castera (FRA) Vs Bradley Weare (ZAF)
Heat 8: Duane De Soto (HAW) Vs Marco Boscaglia (ITA)
Heat 9: Taylor Jensen (USA) Vs Ben Haworth (GBR)
Heat 10: Ned Snow (HAW) Vs Remi Arauzo (FRA)
Heat 11: Rusty Keaulana (USA) Vs Jefson Silva (BRA)
Heat 12: Amaro Matos (BRA) Vs Yasuaki Higashikawa (JPN)
Heat 13: Harley Ingleby (AUS) Vs Zak Lawton (GBR)
Heat 14: Ben Skinner (GBR) Vs TBA
Heat 15: Edouard Delpero (FRA) Vs Andre Derizans (HAW)
Heat 16: Tony Silvagni (USA) Vs Cole Robbins (USA)