Waiting Game Continues

Saturday, October 8, 2004 (Mundaka, Euskadi, Spain) The Billabong Pro continued its wait for more ideal conditions today, with the US$260,000 event again postponed. A new swell is expected to arrive tomorrow, with contest organizers hopeful of beginning round three of the Foster’s men’s ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT).

No waves were on offer at Mundaka or Bakio this morning, though gusty southwest winds increased throughout the day and supported the cold front brewing off the Basque coastline.

An autograph session took place at 1pm at the contest site at Mundaka, with the townsfolk coming out to meet the surfing stars. Reigning two-time world champion Andy Irons (HAW), Australians Joel Parkinson and Michael Lowe, together with local wildcard Hodei Collazo happily signed event posters and posed for countless photos.

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.

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