Another Lay Day for Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Swell Predicted Tomorrow
Pictured: Coco Ho (HAW), 17, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie and current World No. 3, was a surprise knockout in Round 1 of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford New Fiesta. The young natural-footer will take on fellow Hawaiian Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, and Trials Winner Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), 14, in Round 2 when competition resumes. Credit: © ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES
BELLS BEACH, Victoria (Friday, April 10, 2009) – Small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range has prompted officials at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach to call another lay day this morning in hopes of the predicted swell to fill in for tomorrow.
The second event of the ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour respectively, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has already completed the opening rounds of competition for both the men and women, requiring just three more days to compete both events.
Swellnet, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling for surf to slowly fill in today and throughout the weekend.
“The surf is marginally better today than yesterday, but with the forecast calling for it to fill in over this evening and tomorrow, we’ll be calling a lay day today,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Contest Director, said. “We expect to see contestable waves tomorrow so we’ll be down here at 7am for the call.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7:30am for a possible 8am start.
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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Match-ups:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)
Heat 2: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)
Heat 7: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Adam Robertson (AUS)
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
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