The Billabong Pro Tahiti Goes On Hold

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).
Foster’s Men’s World Tour.
Women’s ASP World Championship Tour.
Teahupoo, Tahiti, May 5th – 17th, 2005.

Billabong Pro Tahiti Men’s May 5-17th
Billabong Pro Tahiti Girl’s May 5-15th

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It’s still paradise here in Tahiti despite rain, crappy winds and diminishedswell, but we’re here to surf out the world’s most challenging event,though today, Friday May 6th, it’s just not good enough, and so the BillabongPro Tahiti has been postponed for the day.

Unfortunately, short-term swell predictions are not too rosy either, and so wecould be lolling in paradise without contestable waves for a few days yet. MotherOcean obviously has a mind of her own, and so anything is possible, but it may beMonday or Tuesday before we get back to business.

If we resume the schedule with a continuation of yesterday’s thrilling women’s division of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, we’ll most likely be running through the quarter-finals and all the way to a result.

In the first quarter we’ve got Hawaiian barrel dweller Rochelle Ballardpitched against Australia’s equally ballsy Chelsea Georgeson, and then Kaui’s version of female testosterone Keala Kennelly has drawn defending world champion, Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich, who seems to have a candid opinion on the outcome of their much anticipated exchange.

“Keala is crazy – really crazy, especially in these waves here at Teahupoo!” said Mulanovich after her narrow win over Billabong wildcard Sheridan Shieldsyesterday.

“Now I feel like I have nothing to lose. If I lose to KK, I lose to the girl whois the best surfer here and really goes for it. I want to go out and win ofcourse, but I don’t really have that much pressure.”

Quarter-final number three has South Africa’s veteran Heather Clark in againstWest Australian charger Melanie Redman-Carr. The ginger girl who lives an hoursouth of Natal’s Durban at Port Shepstone, is already happy with getting tothis stage of the draw for the first time this year, despite having snapped twoboards to date due to hesitancy.

“I have to have the presence of mind to not bail in challenging situations,because it’s cost me two boards in the contest already. I was happy to get outof that heat against Layne because it’s the first time I’ve got beyondround three this season,” said Clark after beating six-times world championBeachley yesterday.

The final quarter pits Aussie pair Trudy Todd and Rebecca Woods head to head. Sadto record, Trudy got by Brazil ‘s Jacqueline Silva who failed to get a wave intheir third round exchange yesterday. Jacqueline’s fellow Brasileiro MariaTita Tavares also recorded the dubious score-line of 0.00 in both her round oneand two heats yesterday. It was not a good day for Brazil.

Jacqueline and Tita were two of four girls who arrived here in Teahupoo at firstlight yesterday, the others being Aussie duo Serena Brooke and Rebecca Woods. Asprofessional sports people, that is surely not logistical sense. How can you getstraight off a plane, into a contest jersey and expect to produce your best?Serena and Rebecca might make us eat our words there, Serena eliminated afterhaving a go up to round three yesterday, and Bec’ still in the draw aftergetting by Hawaii’s Megan Abubo in the last heat of the afternoon yesterday,but there’s still lessons to be learnt there.

Jacqueline was truly embarrassed, bordering on shame yesterday, bowing her headmumbling ” I just don’t know what I was thinking, what came over me… Ican’t believe it.” She is a great surfer, with a number of event victoriesunder her belt, but maybe she was still harbouring the emotional anguish ofgetting smashed by the sizeable conditions in Fiji last month.

On the other hand, Tita pleaded feeling ‘ stiff’ after her marathon routehere which took her from her homettown of Fortaleza in Brazil’s north-east toSao Paulo, to Lisbon, then Paris, over to Los Angeles and then finally to Papettehere in Tahiti. Mind you, Jacqueline stayed in Australia after the SPC Pro atBells, and flew on Tuesday from the Gold Coast to Sydney, to Auckland, to Santiagoin Chile, to Easter Island, and then back to Tahiti. Maybe it might be a step inthe right direction for both the Brasileiro girls to find themselves a new travelagent.

The Billabong Pro Tahiti delivered by Air Tahiti Nui is proudly supported by VonZipper, Bose, Kustom and The Tahitian Surfing Federation.

(From Paul Sargeant)

ROUND ONE RESULTS
(1st & 2nd Rnd 3; 3rd Rnd 2)

H1: Samantha Cornish (AUS) 6.17; Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) 5.00; Rebecca Woods (AUS) 3.90

H2: Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 11.24; Heather Clark (ZAF) 11.00; Keala Kennelly (HAW) 9.57.

H3: Laurina McGrath (AUS) 12.50; Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.43; Sheridan Shields(AUS) 4.00

H4: Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.34; Trudy Todd (AUS) 7.84; Maria Tita Tavares (BRA) 0.00

H5: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 11.17; Megan Abubo (HAW), 1.33; Melanie Bartels (HAW) no show.

H6: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.50; Serena Brooke (AUS) 7.07; Jacqueline Silva(BRZ) 0.00

ROUND TWO RESULTS
(1st, 2nd Rnd 3, 3rd=17th place 180 pts usd$2250)

H1: Sheridan Shields (AUS) 7.10; Jacqueline Silva (BRZ) 2.50; Melanie Bartels(Haw) no show.

H2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 15.50; Keala Kennelly (HAW) 12.83; Maria Tita Tavares(BRZ) 0.00

ROUND THREE RESULTS
1st Qrtr finals; 2nd = 9th place, 360 pts, usd$2750)

H1: Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 15.17 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.24

H2: Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) 13.17 def. Laurina McGrath (AUS) 0.43

H3: Keala Kennelly (HAW) 15.67 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 10.73

H4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.90 def. Sheridan Shields (AUS) 10.83

H5: Heather Clark (ZAF) 9.66 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) 9.36

H6: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 15.33 def. Serena Brooke (AUS) 8.00

H7: Trudy Todd (AUS) 7.60 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRZ) 0.00

H8: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.17 def. Megan Abubo (HAW) 4.47

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