2005 BILLABONG PRO TAHITI: EVENT UPDATE

posted by / News / May 11, 2005

WAITING FOR GOOD THINGS

Inconsistent swell of marginal quality has forced the continued postponement of the Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupoo this morning. Under low grey skies that persevere in dumping persistent showers with passing heavy squalls, the swell decreased further overnight, making today’s 6.30am call an almost automatic one without much deliberation.

Needless to say, there are still waves out there on the reef, but it’s only 2-3’ with the occasional four footer, and even if it was bigger, the fact is that it’s way too inconsistent to conduct 25 or 30 minute heats. Competitors would be a long way from happy to be put out there, especially when their opening round one heats are three-man, instead of man-on-man. That makes consistency even more crucial.

The regularity of the sets was the problem yesterday as well, even though the waves were 3-5’ with a couple of bigger ones. Many of the boys had several sessions out there during the day.

“It was definitely averaging 4-5’ out there yesterday, and really fun when the waves eventually come through,” said Hawaii’s Kalani Robb who was amongst the gang surfing the famous reef yesterday.

“I got a couple of good barrels, and so did Occy and Bruce (Irons). There probably would have been maybe two waves in about {{{90}}} minutes that were definitely six footers. Just not enough of them!” concluded Kalani.

“It’s trying on all of us maybe, yeah – but good things come to people who wait!” smiled Luke Egan who, along with the vast majority of the Foster’s Men’s Tour Top 45, declined having any early surf this morning due to how small it was. When it’s that small at Teahupoo, the shallow reef is really dangerous.

“There’s still a couple of chunky ones out there, but it’s not really worth the wait,” commented San Clemente’s storming rookie Chris Ward as he watched the distant lineup from the Teahupoo village End Of The Road carpark. He drove off back home after about 20 minutes of hopeful scanning.

Predictions look much better for the weekend with Swellnet’s Ben Matson forecasting the swell to rise on Friday afternoon.

The next report for the event will be at 6.30am tomorrow, Thursday morning May 12th.

The Billabong Pro Tahiti delivered by Air Tahiti Nui is proudly supported by Von Zipper, Bose, Kustom and The Tahitian Surfing Federation.

Billabong Pro Live Webcast: via www.BillabongPro.com and www.ASPWorldTour.com each day of the event utilizing live coverage in English, French and Portuguese, with the event websites being translated into these three languages plus, Japanese and Spanish. Various camera angles, highlights and replays, weather and scoring information, direct viewer interaction, celebrity guests, interviews and more are a part of the daily webcast program.

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