Sunday's Billabong Pro Tahiti Called Off
Sunday's competition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupoo was called off for the day, with lumpy four-foot (1.5 metre) swell and onshore winds replacing the near-perfection of Saturday.
Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw the opening 14 heats of the man-on-man elimination Round 1 completed Saturday, and with the forecast calling for improved conditions in the coming days, event organizers opted to hold competition off for the day on Sunday.
"We obviously don't have the idyllic conditions that graced us yesterday [Saturday] with the swell a bit lump and the wind onshore," Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. "We've called competition off for the day, but are monitoring swell and winds for the coming days and it looks like we may be running again soon. We'll be back tomorrow morning to make another decision."
Event organizers will reconvene Monday morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7am start.
When competition resumes, first up will be Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, against 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Heat 15 of Round 1.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for the current fetch of Southeasterly swell to pulse through the day with variable winds before being replaced by a more favorable WSW swell on Tuesday and Wednesday with improved winds.
Dean Morrison took top honors after elimination round 1, at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The third stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour saw pulsing four-to-six foot (two-metre) barrels at Teahupoo.
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