Supertubos, Peniche, Portugal.

Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Search has been called on in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 – 3 metre) waves at the primary site of Supertubos.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search has ran competition at three backup venues (Lagido, Belgas and Molhe Leste), and today will see the first day of competition at the primary venue of Supertubos.

“We’ve woken up to another tough call this morning,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’ve got a pretty good right up in the corner and solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 3 metre) surf out front. We’re hoping the waves are going to get better on the lower tide and the locals are telling us it is so we’re starting with Round 3 at 9:45am.”

Up first this morning is former ASP World Champion (2001), C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, battling Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, in Heat 1 of Round 3.

Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for solid surf to maintain throughout the day.

Highlights from past days’ Rip Curl Pro Search are available via http://live.ripcurl.com

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Jordy Smith

Both the Rip Curl Pro Search and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search have been called off today due heavy fog and lack of visibility.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search has completed the opening two rounds of competition, and was prepared to Round 3 this morning before being called off due to fog. Event No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search began its waiting period today, but suffered the same fate at the ASP Top 45.

“It’s been very frustrating for us today,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “The waves this morning were a bit tough and then they improved and the sun came out. We got ready to go and the fog came back in. What we don’t want to do is start the round and have to call it because of lack of visibility so we’re off for the day. Next call is 8am tomorrow at Supertubes.”

When men’s competition resumes, up first will be former ASP World Champion (2007), C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, battling Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, in Heat 1 of Round 3.

Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling surf to maintain throughout the day before a solid

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 8am tomorrow morning at Supertubes.

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Rob Bain

Rob Bain from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a former Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour surfer, prominent through the 1980’s and early 90’s with four ASP world tour wins (IMB/Wollongong, Garden State Pro/New Jersey, Instinct Pro Ericeira Portugal and Coke Classic Narrabeen Australia) and a highest rating of 5th in 1990, suffered an horrific wipe just under two weeks ago  while surfing North Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches, sustaining serious head, neck and back injuries – He almost died!

A serious injury to say the least, Bainy is back on the slow road to recovery and will be in a body and neck cast combo for a sometime.

ASP Australasia caught up with Bainy briefly to assess his recovery.

How's your recovery going?

My first appointment is 4 weeks from the accident and then they will assess how long I need to be in the body and neck cast. Anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks or more.

They said no surfing for 5 months but we will see how it progresses.

I have a fractured vertebrae in my neck and 5 in my thoracic spine.
I have compressed 3 discs also in my thoracic, as well as a broken rib.
My head is healing together, as I had scalped myself needing over 50 internal stitches and 50 external staples.

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