Tiago Pires and Mick Fanning

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.

Heat 1: Damien Hobgood (USA), Tim Boal (FRA), Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA), Heitor Alves (BRA), David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Patrick Gudaudkas (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS), David Luis (PRT)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Campbell (AUS), Justin Mujica (PRT)
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Chris Ward (USA), Michael Picon (FRA)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Roy Powers (HAW), Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 13: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Tim Reyes (USA), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Josh Kerr (AUS), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 15: Dane Reynolds (USA), Greg Emslie (ZAF), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 16: Kai Otton (AUS), Dustin Barca (HAW), Drew Courtney (AUS)

Heat 1: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 4: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 6: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 7: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. David Luis (PRT)
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Justin Mujica (PRT)
Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 11: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Michael Picon (FRA)
Heat 12: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 13: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 15: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 16: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)

Nelscott Reef

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. They can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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Edito "Peso" Alcala

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. “We’ve been experiencing plenty of typhoons that have created some great waves. Hopefully it’ll continue into next week.”

What separates the specialty event from standard competitive surfing is that invited contestants are involved in deciding what conditions they will surf in.

With only two full days required to finalise the competition and a seven-day competition window, organisers have the luxury to wait for ideal conditions in which to run the event during Cloud 9’s prime swell period.

Due to Siargao's proximity to the Philippine Deep, big swells from the Pacific Ocean roll in from the second deepest stretch of water in the world to create flawless, hollow barrelling waves. 

The 2009 tournament will run from October 21-27,2009. The tournament contest site is Siargao Island’s 'Cloud 9', a powerful, hollow right-hander that has been frequently compared to the renowned surf of Hawaii and Indonesia.