The 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti eyes big wave surfing

August 23, 2011 | Surfing
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The 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti is enjoying a second consecutive lay day, as the organization expects bigger swell coming in the next few days. Despite the clean four-foot (1.5 metre) surf on offer, big waves are on the horizon for the Teahupoo peak.

“We have waves on hand but we’ve called a lay day in favor of bigger surf coming on the charts,” Pritamo Ahrendt, ASP International Head Judge, said.

“We want to see all the surfers have the opportunity to surf Teahupo’o when it’s really solid – that’s why we come here. It looks like there will be plenty of opportunity for that in the coming days.”

A major south-southwest swell remains on track for Thursday-Friday, with another very strong southwest swell looking likely for the weekend. Wind will be very light though Tuesday, with building and breezy easterly trades for the end of the week.

When competition resumes, up first will be Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, and Heiarii Williams (PYF), 23, in the opening heat of Round 2.

2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti | Round 2 Match-ups

Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 9: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 10: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)

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