Sunday, October 10, 2004 (Bakio, Euskadi, Spain) The Billabong Pro continued its waiting game today at Bakio beach, where the US$260,000 event was again postponed. Organizers relocated with the hope an increasing swell would be available, but unfortunately only strong winds presented themselves. Round three of the Foster’s men’s ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT) remains on standby and will run as soon as more favorable conditions arrive.
Scores of local enthusiastic came out to see their favorite pro surfers, and utilized the opportunity to pose for photos and get their autographs. Unfortunately a complete lack of surf ruled out the option of even an Expression Session to entertain he crowd with.
Contest director Craig Sage explained; “The weather patterns are looking promising for later in the week, and we still have plenty of time. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t do anything today, with the crowd support here at Bakio, but you need waves to surf on.
Round three heats are listed below. Another decision will be made tomorrow by 8am.
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.