- 19 October 2009 | Surfing
After assessing conditions throughout the morning, event organizers have opted to call a lay day for the Rip Curl Pro Search with only inconsistent two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf on offer at Supertubos.
Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search has yet to decide whether to run the traditional or new competition format, and will gauge conditions on offer before making a decision.
“We’ve watched conditions most of the morning and it’s not at the level we want it to be to call it on,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting plenty of swell this week and don’t want to send the guys out in less-than-ideal conditions. We’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:30am start.
Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for the shoulder-high surf to dissipate throughout the day before a major Northwest swell s filling in tomorrow afternoon and into Wednesday and Thursday.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:30am start.
- 17 October 2009 | Surfing
The event status has been changed from Red to Yellow for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. This marks the first status change during the current holding period. The status change is brought on by a large swell forecast to develop off the coast of Oregon and Washington early next week.
“It is way early, but we are definitely watching this storm”, said John Forse, event organizer. “Things can change quickly with such a long range forecast, but so far it looks like it has potential. The swell looks good, but the winds are a little iffy right now, but we will watch it hope for the best”.
It is that potential that has everyone’s eyes on the North Pacific. The current predictions are calling for swell size of 18-20’ at 15-16 second duration. The winds are iffy at this point and it is too early to call, but that can change at any moment. A combination of large swell and no wind, or offshore winds, are what produce the best waves for the competition.
Organizers operate on a traffic light system. Red means there is no swell forecast in the near future. Yellow means that there is a forecast swell that looks contestable and organizers are monitoring. Green means the contest has been called, and everyone has 48 hours to get to Oregon.
If the swell pattern and wind forecast continue to hold, organizers would look to make the call by Monday, as to whether or not to hold the event on Wednesday October 21. They will update their web page with the latest information (www.nelscottreef.com). They can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.
- 17 October 2009 | Surfing
D-Day is looming for an international cast of surfers with the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational in the Philippines less than a week away from starting.
'Cloud 9', a powerful, hollow right-hander located on Siargao Island will again be the focus of the global surfing community with entry confirmations from some of the world’s hottest surfers including pipeline master Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii), 2007 runner-up Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, Australia), 2006 champion Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Australia), New Zealand's first ever World Champion surfer Jay Quinn (Gisborne, now Gold Coast, Aus) and Hawaiian surfing royalty Makua Rothman.
An invite to compete in the 2009 competition was made all the more attractive with USD $20,000 on the table and the allure of flawless, barrelling waves.
48 surfers from Hawaii, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa and 12 local wildcards will compete in a specialised format, which culminates in man-on-man heats from the quarterfinals.
Reigning champion Edito ‘Peso’ Alcala (Philippines), who rode barrel after perfect barrel to beat 2007 title holder Wade Goodall (Caloundra, Qld, Aus) in last year’s final, will don a competition vest to defend his title.
Local ace Alcala, who learned to surf at the revered break, will again prove tough competition for his international riders after putting in plenty of practice at Cloud 9 in the past month.
“It’s been pumping for weeks,” said 20-year old Alcala.