Back To Work For The Ladies Of The Billabong Pro Tahiti

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).
Foster’s Men’s World Tour.
Women’s ASP World Championship Tour.
Teahupoo, Tahiti, May 5th – 17th, 2005.

Billabong Pro Tahiti Men’s May 5-17th
Billabong Pro Tahiti Girl’s May 5-15th

Catch it LIVE on www.aspworldtour.com and www.billabongpro.com

AFTER three progressive standby calls this morning here at Teahupoo, it has beenannounced that the Billabong Pro Tahiti will resume competition at 11am today withthe first quarter-final of the women’s division. If conditions maintain, and theschedule runs according to plan, we should be crowning the Billabong Pro Tahiti’swomen’s champion by around 3pm local time.

The swell appeared to have remained very small at first light, but the incoming tidehas brought with it hopefully the first nudges of a new swell. Though still a littleinconsistent, both the size and regularity of the swell is improving, and expectedto sustain throughout the day. The sets are averaging above shoulder height ataround 3-4’+, and there are some barrels to be had.

Foster’s Men’s World Tour competitors Kalani Robb, Occy and Shane Beschen were outthere from around 7am, sussing out conditions and returned with a good report.

“We thought it was flat again at first light this morning, but we’re relieved tofind out there’s a kind of a new swell out there. It’s around four feet, and Kalaniand I each got a couple of good barrels. It’s a good direction…it’s a bit slow, butif it gets more consistent I’m sure it’s good enough for the girls, said Occy ashe dried off for breakfast around 8.30am.

The centre of the media spotlight will be surely be on the second quarter-finalbetween Hawaii’s Keala Kennelly and Peru’s reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (Peru).

With her head heavily bandaged after hitting the reef in her round one heat of theBillabong Pro Tahiti last Thursday, Kennelly will be out to secure her fourthTeahupoo title, while Mulanovich, who is the defending event champion, will be outto win again, and further advance her lead in the ASP Women’s WCT ratings.

If Mulanovich wins the event, it will be her third consecutive victory this season,the identical platform from which she launched the campaign for her maiden WorldChampionship title last season.

The Billabong Pro Tahiti delivered by Air Tahiti Nui is proudly supported by VonZipper, Bose, Kustom and The Tahitian Surfing Federation.

(From Paul Sargeant)

QUARTER-FINAL DRAW
(1st Semi-final; 2nd=equal 5th, 552 pts/usd$3000)

Q1: Rochelle Ballard (HAW) vs. Chelsea Georgeson (AUS)
Q2: Keala Kennelly (HAW) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Q3: Heather Clark (RSA) vs. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
Q4: Trudy Todd (AUS) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)

Billabong Pro Live Webcast: via www.billabongpro.com and www.aspworldtour.com each day of the event utilizing live coverage in English, French and Portuguese, with the event websites being translated into these three languages plus, Japanese and Spanish. Various camera angles, highlights and replays, weather and scoring information, direct viewer interaction, celebrity guests, interviews and more are a part of the daily webcast program.