Billabong Pro Tahiti Back ON for Round 3, Round 4 on Standby
Pictured: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 21, 2010 ASP World Tour rookie and current No. 24, has survived the ASP midyear field reduction and will now take on past three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), 32, in Heat 14 of Round 3 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ
TEAHUPOO, Taiarapu/Tahiti (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) - The Billabong Pro Tahiti, Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, has been called back on this morning with two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves coming through at Teahupoo. Round 3 will enter the water at 6:30am, with Round 4 on standby.
"We still have swell on offer this morning and we'll be starting competition today at 6:30am," Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. "The surf has dropped in comparison to the last two days, but looking ahead, we think these will be some of the better conditions. The plan is to complete Round 3 with Round 4 on standby. We'll be monitoring conditions carefully.
Up first this morning will be reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, up against wildcard Tamaroa McComb (PYF) in Heat 13 of Round 3.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a small mix of south and southwest swell will prevail for the last days of the waiting period along with moderate to strong easterly trades.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com/tahiti10/
FUEL TV will be broadcasting the Billabong Pro Tahiti LIVE in Australia. Check out http://www.foxsports.com.au/fueltv for details.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti Day 9 Rd3 Highlights
Billabong Pro Tahiti Remaining Round 3 Match-ups:
Heat 13: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Tamaroa McComb (PYF)
Heat 14: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 15: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 16: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Billabong Pro Tahiti Remaining Round 4 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 2: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 7: TBD
Heat 8: TBD
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