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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Makua Rothman

The Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational was back in business in the Philippines today until strong winds halted play mid-round.

In building 3-4ft (1-1.5m) barrelling waves, contest organisers decided to run two round four heats before competition was suspended with freshening onshore winds.

With only 10 heats (5 hours) required to finalise competition, organisers have the luxury to wait for ideal conditions. It’s expected that the swell will continue to build overnight with improved conditions across tomorrow.

Local ace Carlito Nogalo is through to the quarterfinals after dispatching of Japan’s Shinpei Horiguchi.

In a wave starved heat, the talented natural foot utilised ever inch of his local knowledge to jag the heat’s best wave, dropping in late, pumping through the barrel before cleanly exiting to receive a near perfect 9.97 from the judges.

He backed it up with a 4.50 to best Horiguch – 14.47 to 5.33.

“I can’t believe I made it through that barrel,” said Nogalo.

“The wind got stronger throughout the heat so it really made barrel riding quite hard. I’m glad I came out.”

Hawaii’s Makua Rothman also booked a spot in the quarterfinals, downing Australia’s Sam Page (Manly, NSW) in a high-scoring affair.

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