Rip Curl Pro Search

As of 11am, the Rip Curl Pro Search has gone ON HOLD until 2pm. This morning saw Heats 9 through 12 of Round 1 completed at Lagido before the tide ped too low. Event organizers have opted to go ON HOLD until 2pm where they will reconvene at Lagido to assess a possible restart. Highlights from this morning’s action can be found at http://live.ripcurl.com

This morning’s press release:

The Rip Curl Pro Search is called on this morning, with the back half of Round 1 taking on the clean four-to-five (1 – 1.5 metre) lefthanders of the backup site of Lagido, ning at 9am.

Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search ran the opening eight heats of Round 1 yesterday at the third backup venue of Molhe Leste, but with more favorable winds for the other side of the peninsula projected for the day, event organizers have opted for the reeling lefthanders of Lagido in hopes of running as many heats as possible.

“We have much more favorable conditions on offer today but the winds were looking a bit onshore at Supertubes and much cleaner at the backup venue of Lagido,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “It’s high tide right now and we’re still seeing some good waves come through and we expect it to improve as the tide' s out.”

Up first this morning is Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, against Justin Mujica (PRT), 32, in Heat 9 of Round 1.

Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling the current Northwest swell to maintain throughout the next couple of days before a WNW swell fills in for the weekend.

The Rip Curl Pro Search will be web LIVE at www.live.ripcurl.com

Rip Curl Pro Search online media center is available at www.box.net/shared/o3avphdb6z

The Rip Curl Pro Search is partnered regionally by RTP, Eurosport, Fuel TV and ESPN Brazil, who will all be broading live from Peniche throughout the event. For more information on these live television broads, please visit www.live.ripcurl.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

REMAINING RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Justin Mujica (PRT)
Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 11: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Michael Picon (FRA)
Heat 12: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 13: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 15: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 16: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 6: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 13: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 14: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA
Heat 15: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA


SOURCE: ASP World Tour