SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Wednesday, November 25, 2009) – A massive swell in the 15–to-18-foot (5-6 metre) range has slammed in to Oahu's North Shore and has forced event officials to call the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women's World Tour, off for today.
"Of all the places in the world, this is one where you call a contest off because it's 'too big' rather than 'too small'," Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. "We've got 15-to-18-foot surf conditions that are expected to build throughout the day, and it's closing out Sunset Beach so obviously too big for competition. It will be a day for Waimea today. We're off tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and this swell should be slowly declining throughout the next several days so we'll look to catch the backside of it on Friday."
The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach represents the second stop on the highly coveted Vans Triple Crown Series and the sixth of seven events on the ASP Women's World Tour, playing a crucial role in surfers' quests for requalification for a spot amongst the elite in 2010.
Tomorrow, November 26, marks the observed American holiday of Thanksgiving and no competition will be held.
Event organizers will reconvene Friday morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible start.
The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach will be web LIVE via triplecrownofsurfing.com.
For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.
GIDGET PRO SUNSET BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Laurina McGrath (AUS)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), TBA
Heat 3: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Samantha Cornish (AUS), TBA
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Paige Hareb (NZL), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)