Billabong Rio Pro OFF on day 1

The excitement leading up to day one of the Billabong Rio Pro has been mounting, with a good sized swell on the horizon, slated to hit just in time for day 1.

The swell showed up just as predicted this morning, with solid overhead lines marching in towards the city of Rio, but as it turns out we are in Brazil, and the beachbreaks here can’t hold anything over 4 foot. This may be why Brazil is notorious for producing pro surfers who are allergic to big waves.

With no reefs or better sandbars around, event organizers were forced to call a lay day despite the peaking swell and calm winds.

Next call will be tomorrow morning at 7am local time, 3am west coast time. Hopefully the dying swell will put some shape into the Brazzo Beachies…

Check it here.

BILLABONG RIO PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1:
Owen Wright (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), TBA
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), TBA
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), TBA
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Cory Lopez (USA)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)

BILLABONG WOMEN’S RIO PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1:
Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (BRA), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Paige Hareb (NZL), Felicity Palmateer (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Maya Gabeira (BRA)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Andrea Lopes (BRA)
Heat 5: Stepahnie Gilmore (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Suelen Naraisa (BRA)
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Alana Blanchard (HAW)