ASP World Tour 2010: Competition Delayed As Tsunami Threat Closes Event Site

Tsunami warning halts all competition until the conditions are once again safe for the surfers to compete. The extent of the delays is unknown, but the safety of the competitors is first priority.

Joel Parkinson, 2009 ASP World Runner-up.  Photo: ASP / ScholtzCoolangatta, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, February 28, 2010) - A tsunami warning has been in effect since an 8.8 earthquake shook the coast of Chile on Saturday morning.

Event organizers of the 2010 ASP World Tour, under the advisement of the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, had no choice but to call both the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Roxy Pro Gold Coast events for the day, with the potential tsunami projected to reach Australia at 8:15am.

"We've been monitoring the situation with chief meteorologists throughout the night and all projections are indicating the effects to hit the Gold Coast at approximately 8:15am," Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Contest Director, said. "What those effects will be, we cannot be sure. We've been advised that the biggest surge could hit anywhere from six to 12 hours after the initial surge, so we've called competition off for the day.  The event site is closed for the day, and we'll check back tomorrow at 6:30am."

Event No.1 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast was able to enjoy amazing surfing for Round 1 yesterday, with reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and former nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 38, dominating the opening day of competition.

The event is closed today, but event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start. 

When Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition resumes, up first will be current ASP World No. 4 Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, up against wildcard Garrett Parkes (AUS), 18, in the opening heat of the man-on-man elimination Round 2.

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