The final day of the Rip Curl Pro Search is underway with the Semifinals hitting the three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Supertubos at 8:30am.
Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search experienced one of the most impressive days of competition yesterday with solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 3 metre) barrels for the world’s best to sink their teeth into. Today promises the same high drama to complete the competition this morning before the ASP Top 17 take to the water this afternoon.
“The surf has ped a bit this morning but we’ve got offshore winds and clean conditions and will be starting at 8:30am,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting to finish the men’s competition this morning before heading into the women’s Round 1.”
Owen Wright (AUS), 19, wildcard in the Rip Curl Pro Search and current No. 3 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), has been in electrifying form all event before suffering a horrific wipeout yesterday and rupturing his ear drum. While the Australian wunderkind has been cautioned to stay out of the water for a week, he is still a possibility to compete against current ASP World No. 1, Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, in Semifinal 2.
Up first this morning is lethal natural-footer and current ASP World No. 5, Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, battling current ASP World No. 2, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in Semifinal 1.
Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for the current surf to slightly over the next several days.
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS:
SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
SF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Rebecca Woods (AUS), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Bruna Schmitz (BRA)
Heat 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Samantha Cornish (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Megan Abubo (HAW)
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AYS)
Heat 6: Paige Hareb (NZL), Coco Ho (HAW), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)