Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival 2011: First Day, Lay Day

Despite excellent waves, gale force winds forced organizers to postpone Round 1 of the Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival. Competition is set to begin as soon as the conditions are no longer dangerous.

Subaru Pro TSB Bank Womens Surf Festival 2011.  Photo: ASP/KristinOrganisers of the 2011 TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival had no choice but to announce a lay day for Day 1. Gale force winds rendered the surf uncontestable at both the event’s locations of Fitzroy Beach and Back Beach in Taranaki, New Zealand.

The TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival was placed on hold until 12.30pm while officials assessed conditions at both beaches before deciding to call the event off due to dangerous conditions.

“We should be seeing waste to shoulder high surf but unfortunately we had quite a bit of wind overnight which has played a big part in keeping that size right down,” Jason Matthews, Contest Director said. “If the wind wasn’t there we would probably be all action today but unfortunately we’ve had to call the event off. We want the girls to have best possible waves and with the wind expected to abate throughout the week, we’ve decided it would be best to make another call tomorrow."

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