Adriano de Souza: playing at home

Billabong Pro Santa Catarina competition has been called off for the day, but with a projected increase in swell over the coming days, the world's best surfers could hit the water as soon as tomorrow.

Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina plays a vital role in the current battle for the prestigious ASP World Title as well as the requalification campaigns of the world's best surfers.

"There's a big southerly wind change projected for the next few hours and it will deteriorate the current conditions rapidly," Richie Porta, ASP Head Judge, said. "We're expecting the swell to jack over the coming days with improved conditions so we'll be back tomorrow morning to assess things."

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 8am start.

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina will start on Friday, April 23 and run through May 2, 2010.

Heat 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Daniel Ross (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), TBA
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS), Tom Whitaker (AUS), TBA
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), TBA
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS), Dean Morrison (AYS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 13: Damien Hobgood (USA), Mick Campbell (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 15: Chris Davidson (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 16: Taylor Knox (USA), Drew Courtney (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)

Source: ASP World Tour

Manoa Drolet: a XXL wave rider

The countdown is underway as the elite of the big wave surfing world converge on Southern California for Friday night's Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.

The Oscars-style ceremony at the Grove Theater in Anaheim will pay tribute to the greatest achievements in high surf during the last year with a red carpet gala and a star-studded array of nominees and presenters. Over 2,200 surf industry VIPs will attend the invitation-only event which will be carried via a live webcast on

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Gregory Pastusiak: watch your head

Excellent conditions were on offer today for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Protest Vendee Pro held at the main break of La Sauzaie on the second day of competition. After yesterday’s lay day action at the Protest Vendee Pro got into full swing with the completion of round 1 and the majority of round 2 despite the difficulties many of the surfers are experiencing trying to reach the event on time.

Clean 3-4ft (1m) waves entered the reef break of La Sauzaie improving as the tide pushed in offering excellent conditions for the opening rounds. With an expected drop in swell event officials made another call late in the afternoon to run as many heats of round 2 as possible.

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