Billabong Pro Update: Competition Postponed; Positive Swell Outlook.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 (Bakio, Euskadi, Spain) The Billabong Pro was again postponed this morning. Round three of the Foster’s men’s ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT) remains on standby, with great surf predicted later this week. Four days are still left in the waiting period, with only two required to complete the US$260,000 event.

Mundaka had inconsistent, yet clean 2-3ft (1m) waves this morning, but the decreasing swell did not offer enough promise. Organizers drove to Bakio and reported similar conditions.

Contest director Craig Sage explained as follows; “The weather maps show great swell later this week, starting Thursday through to Saturday, so we’re just waiting for it.

Round three heats are listed below. Another decision will be made tomorrow at 9am.

Billabong Pro Mundaka Round Three (1st>Rnd4; 2nd=17th receives US$4,225)

H1: Nathan Hedge (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)

H2: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Tim Curran (USA)

H3: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

H4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Trent Munro (AUS)

H5: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Darren O’Rafferty (AUS)

H6: Jake Paterson (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

H7: Paulo Moura (BRA) vs. Cory Lopez (USA)

H8: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Armando Daltro (BRA)

H9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Shane Beschen (USA)

H10: Peterson Rosa (BRA) vs. Pat O’Connell (USA)

H11: Luke Egan (AUS) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)

H12: Michael Lowe (AUS) vs. Kalani Robb (HAW)

H13: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Nathan Webster (AUS)

H14: Lee Winkler (AUS) vs. Richard Lovett (AUS)

H15: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)

H16: Daniel Wills (AUS) vs. Victor Ribas (BRA)

The Billabong Pro Mundaka is supported by prestigious co-sponsors such as Vans, Von Zipper, Hertz, Yamaha and Cobra Jet ski, as well as local companies and administrations such as Mundaka, the Mundaka Surf Club, The Basque Surfing Federation, Bakio and the Bakio Surf Club, BBK, Telefonica and the Basque Government.