Honolulu, Hawai’i (Monday, February 14, 2005) — The forecast for a building swell in the range of 8-to-12 feet tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15, will likely signal a start to the $75,000 Monster Energy Pro, presented by Billabong. The Monster Energy Pro is an Association of Surfing Professionals (A.S.P.) 4-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event that will be staged at the famous Banzai Pipeline on the four biggest and best days of surfing during the period of February 15 to 28.
The Monster Energy Pro will offer critical points to professional surfers looking to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour (W.C.T.). It is only through strong performances on the W.Q.S. tour that surfers can graduate to the W.C.T. — the tour that crowns surfing’s world champion each year. For Hawaii surfers in particular, this event is one of their best chances of securing points on home ground.
Surfline.com, the official forecasting service for the Monster Energy Pro, has organizers and competitors set to go on day one of the 14-day holding period.
“Although the surf will start off a bit slow Tuesday morning, by afternoon the new West-North-West swell will be filling in solidly and holding strong energy into Wednesday. Look for wave face heights in the 8-12, occasional 15-feet range, with some larger sets possible, reports Surfline.
The Monster Energy Pro will feature an expanded field of 162 of the world’s top professional surfers from 11 countries. Hawaii’s own Jamie O’Brien will head the field. O’Brien was recently victorious at Pipeline when he won the W.C.T.-rated Pipeline Masters in December.
Surfers from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Puerto Rico, France, Venezuela, Great Britain, South Africa, and Puerto Rico will make up the mix for this year’s Monster Energy Pro.
Headlining surfers include former world champion Tom Curren (California), undisputed master of the Pipeline Derek Ho (Hawaii), defending event champion Tom Dosland (Maui), charging Japanese pair Masatoshi Ohno and Naohisa Ogawa, former world No.2 Rob Machado (California), and local Pipe aficionado Jamie Sterling.
The Monster Energy Pro will be broadcast live on the web on days of competition. The event will be held on the four biggest and best days of surf during the period of February 15 to 28, 2005.
Surfline is the Official Forecast Service of the Monster Energy Pro — go to surfline.com
To watch it unfold live, tune into either of the following sites on contest day: