BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Thursday, April 8, 2010) – With little surf on offer this morning, event organizers have been forced to call a lay day today for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by SNICKERS.
Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro saw a marathon day of surfing yesterday at nearby Winkipop, where the world's best surfers broke performance barriers through Round 3 and the opening half of Round 4. Today's projected drop in surf has forced a lay day, but event organizers are hopeful that tomorrow could see a champion crowned.
"It's obviously too small to run anything today so we've called a lay day," Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Contest Director, said. "We have a bump projected for tomorrow and we'll assess where we could possibly finish."
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start.
When competition resumes, up first will be defending Rip Curl Pro winner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, up against compatriot Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, in Heat 5 of Round 4.
Highlights from yesterday's Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by SNICKERS will be available via live.ripcurl.com.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be televised LIVE in Australia on FUEL TV. For more information, check out foxsports.com.au/fueltv.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.90 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.90
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.77 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.93
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.30 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 13.77
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.60 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.90
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH REMAINING ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jadson Andrew (BRA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)