Another lay day at the Billabong Pro, and in between rubbing sun-tan lotion into each others backs, the pros have been mucking about in the pond. Here’s a video of current world number one Joel Parkinson partaking in a spot of free surfing, pleasant. If you missed the highlights from the previous round, click ROUND TWO. I’ve whacked the latest press release and remaining round two heats up below the vid.
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TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Thursday, May 14, 2009) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off for the day, with only small, two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Teahupoo today.
“Conditions are small today and too inconsistent to justify running with so much time remaining in the waiting period,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Director said. “We’re tracking some swell models over the next couple of days so hopefully tomorrow yields more promising conditions.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for today’s remnants of the WSW swell to fade before a SE swell fills in through the next couple of days.
When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.
REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)