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
ON the first day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti waiting period, the women’s eventis to paddle out and get straight into round one with a clean 4-5′ + SW swellhitting the Teahupoo reef. Competition will begin at 8am, with organizers intenton completing a full day’s surfing with half hour heats hopefully running usthrough to the end of round three.
To date here in Tahiti, Hawaii’s famed female charger Keala Kennelly has beenracking up the hero points, especially after becoming the first woman to be towedinto Teahupoo in clean 10-12′ + conditions last Monday.
“I got two good ones out there on Monday, and oh boy, it was just such anexperience,” said Keala yesterday, still glowing from the super session.
Kennelly was out there practicing in a solid six-foot lineup until last lightyesterday, and broke her legrope and lost her board on her last wave. Afterscouring the reef on a jetski shining a torchlight in all directions, she finallyfound her beloved favorite stick about 40 minutes after sunset.
The cruisy but focused goofy-footer is already a proven performer here having wonthe women’s Billabong Pro Tahiti event an unmatched three times in it’ssix year history.
“I’m really looking forward to the event, and to doing some catch-up work onthe ratings,” said Kennelly this morning.
“I got a 17th on the Gold Coast after I broke my board in my heat, and thenfifths at both Bells and Fiji, so I’m big time keen for points. This isobviously my favorite event, where I feel most confident. I just wish it was abit bigger out there today.”
Two girls who might be wishing today was a lay day in competition are SerenaBrooke and Rebecca Woods. The Australian pair only landed in Tahiti at 3am thismorning. After clearing customs and dealing with the 90-minute drive out fromPapette, they finally arrived at the End of The Road at Teahupoo shortly beforedawn to learn they were straight off to work. Such is the pro’ surfinglifestyle.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti delivered by Air Tahiti Nui is proudly supported by VonZipper, Bose, Kustom and The Tahitian Surfing Federation.
By Paul Sargeant
ROUND ONE HEATS TODAY
(1st & 2nd Rnd 3; 3rd Rnd 2)
H1: Chelsea Georgeson (AUS), Samantha Cornnish (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
H2: Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Keala Kennelly (HAW); Heather Clark (ZAF)
H3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Laurina McGrath (AUS), Sheridan Shields (AUS)
H4: Layne Beahcley (AUS), Trudy Todd (AUS), Maria Tita Tavares (BRA)
H5: Megan Abubo (HAW), Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)
H6: Jacqueline Silva (BRZ), Serena Brooke (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Billabong Pro Live Webcast: via www.billabongpro.com and www.aspworldtour.com each day of the event utilizing live coverage in English, French and Portuguese, with the event websites being translated into these three languages plus, Japanese and Spanish. Various camera angles, highlights and replays, weather and scoring information, direct viewer interaction, celebrity guests, interviews and more are a part of the daily webcast program.