CULS NUS BEACH, Hossegor/France (Saturday, September 25, 2010) – Heavy wind and rain is cutting through the two-to-three foot (1 metre) lineup at Culs Nus Beach this morning, prompting event organizers to call a lay day for the Quiksilver Pro France.
Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France kicks off the European leg for the elite ASP Top 34 and a projected improvement in conditions could see Round 1 commence as early as tomorrow.
"We have heavy onshore flow and rain this morning and have called competition off for the day," Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. "The wind is expected to abate this afternoon and tomorrow and we'll be back at 8am to consider commencing competition. We'll assess conditions this afternoon at both Culs Nus Beach and nearby La Nord to determine tomorrow's potential venue."
The Quiksilver Pro France will be the second event to activate the new 36-man ASP World Tour format.
ASP WORLD TOUR 36-MAN FORMAT:
Round 1: 12 three-man heats, 1st advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2
Round 2: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 3, 2nd is Equal 25th place
Round 3: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 4, 2nd is Equal 13th place
Round 4: Four 3-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5
Round 5: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is Equal 9th
Quarterfinals: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd is Equal 5th
Semifinals: Two man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Finals, 2nd is Equal 3rd
Final: One man-on-man heat, 1st and 2nd
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am to assess conditions for a possible 9am start.
When competition commences, up first will be Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, and Daniel Ross (AUS), 27, in the opening heat of Round 1.
The Quiksilver Pro France will be webcast LIVE via quiksilverlive.com/profrance2010/.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Luke Stedman (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Maxime Huscenot (REU)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 12: Andy Irons (HAW), Bobby Martinez (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)