Jordy Smith enjoying some free time. Photo courtesy ASP.
TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Sunday, May 17, 2009) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off again with only small, one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves and onshore winds on offer today at Teahupoo.
While event organizers went on hold for the majority of the day, optimal conditions never manifested and the Billabong Pro Tahiti entered into its fourth consecutive lay day.
“It’s disappointing again out here today and we’ve decided to call competition off again,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Director, said. “We’re monitoring some surf that is projected to come in tomorrow and Tuesday so we’ll be back tomorrow morning to make another call.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6:30 a.m.
Surfline, official foreers for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate SW swell to arrive either late Monday or early Tuesday.
When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.
Action from past days’ Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui is available via billabongpro.com.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
Be sure to stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for all the latest from Tahiti, as Justin Cote is still holding it down for you over there.
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)