Jordy Smith

The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off again with only small, one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves and onshore winds on offer today at Teahupoo.

While event organizers went on hold for the majority of the day, optimal conditions never manifested and the Billabong Pro Tahiti entered into its fourth consecutive lay day.

“It’s disappointing again out here today and we’ve decided to call competition off again,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Director, said. “We’re monitoring some surf that is projected to come in tomorrow and Tuesday so we’ll be back tomorrow morning to make another call.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6:30am.

Surfline, official foreers for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate SW swell to arrive either late Monday or early Tuesday.

When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.

Action from past days’ Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui is available via http://www.billabongpro.com/

For more information, log onto http://www.aspworldtour.com/

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CJ Hobgood

The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off for the day, with only small, two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Teahupoo today.

“Conditions are small today and too inconsistent to justify running with so much time remaining in the waiting period,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Director said. “We’re tracking some swell models over the next couple of days so hopefully tomorrow yields more promising conditions.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

Surfline, official foreers for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for today’s remnants of the WSW swell to fade before a SE swell fills in through the next couple of days.

When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.

Highlights from yesterday’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui are available at http://www.billabongpro.com/

For more information, log onto http://www.aspworldtour.com/


REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

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Layne Beachley rides biggest wave ever by a female surfer in Australia

On Wednesday 13 May 2009, seven time World Champion and renowned Hawaiian charger, Layne Beachley, rode what all witnesses are calling the best wave ever ridden by a female surfer in Australia.

Coastalwatch editor Ben Horvath said "It was by far the biggest and best day of surf in Sydney so far this year, a lot of Sydney surfers tagged it 'Big Wednesday 2009."

Ms Beachley told Mr Horvath, "It was the best wave I have ever caught. It was an incredible wave, definitely the biggest and best I have ever caught in Australia. I may have had some comparable tubes at Honolua Bay in Hawaii, but "Ours" is so much more intense than even Hawaii."

Horvath said, "The triple sucking reef break, named "Ours" by the Bra Boys, is for experienced big wave surfers only. Located off Cape Solander at the entrance to Botany Bay in sharky waters, the wave breaks over a shallow rock shelf literally metres in front of dry rock.

"It was the best swell to hit Cape Solander since the infamous June 2007 storm swells that grounded the Pasha Bulker." Mr Horvath continued. "It was an incredible day of waves in Sydney yesterday, conditions were flawless. The swell was in the 6-8ft range out of the SSE and winds were light offshore westerly all day. The sun was shining and the water was an unseasonably warm 21 degrees," Mr Horvath said.

Ms Beachley had a late night on Tuesday when she was named co-winner with Sarah Murdoch at The Annual Women In Style Awards evening hosted by InStyle Magazine. Ms Beachley said, "I literally swapped my Alex Perry gown for a wetsuit at dawn." She said, "I was on stage with the bra queen Sarah Murdoch late on Tuesday night, and then I was out charging "Ours" with the Bra Boys at dawn."

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