Small Surf Forces Billabong Rio Pro Lay Day

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2013 Rookie Nat Young with a lay day punt in Brazil. Photo: ASP

Small Surf Forces Lay Day For Billabong Rio Pro

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Monday, May 13, 2013) – Small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5) metre) range has forced event organizers to call another lay day for the Billabong Rio Pro.

The third stop of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Billabong Rio Pro completed Round 1 of competition on the opening day of the event window and will recommence once conditions improve.

"Small surf on offer this morning so we've called a lay day today," Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. "We don't have much forecast for the opening half of the week, but we're tracking a swell that will be moving into the area in a few days time. We'll be back tomorrow morning to make another assessment."

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to assess conditions. When competition resumes Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, will take on wildcard Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) Heat 1 of Round 2.

The Billabong Rio Pro holds a waiting period from May 8-19, 2013 and is webcast LIVE via For additional ASP information log on to

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gustavo Fernandes (BRA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Messias Felix (BRA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (BRA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)