Small Surf Forces Another Lay Day for Billabong Pro Tahiti
Pictured: Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, was a Round 1 standout, defeating heavily-favored Tahitian Michel Bourez, 23. Alves will battle Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, when competition resumes. Credit: © ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES
TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Friday, May 15, 2009) – After going on hold all morning to assess conditions, event organizers at the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui have called competition off for the day.
Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti has completed Round 1 and the opening six heats of Round 2, but today’s small, two-to-three foot (1 metre) conditions were not enough to prompt event organizers into calling competition on.
The next call will be made at 6:30am tomorrow.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate SE swell to fill in over the coming days.
When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.
Highlights from yesterday’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui are available at www.billabongpro.com
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Remaining Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 2 Match-ups:
Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)
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