IMBITUBA, Santa Catarina/Brazil (Friday, April 23, 2010) - Billabong Pro Santa Catarina competition has been called off for the day, but with a projected increase in swell over the coming days, the world's best surfers could hit the water as soon as tomorrow.
Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina plays a vital role in the current battle for the prestigious ASP World Title as well as the requalification campaigns of the world's best surfers.
"There's a big southerly wind change projected for the next few hours and it will deteriorate the current conditions rapidly," Richie Porta, ASP Head Judge, said. "We're expecting the swell to jack over the coming days with improved conditions so we'll be back tomorrow morning to assess things."
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 8am start.
The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina will begin on Friday, April 23 and run through May 2, 2010.
The Billabong Pro Santa Catarina will be webcast LIVE via http://www.aspworldtour.com/santacatarina
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Daniel Ross (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), TBA
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS), Tom Whitaker (AUS), TBA
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), TBA
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS), Dean Morrison (AYS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 13: Damien Hobgood (USA), Mick Campbell (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 15: Chris Davidson (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 16: Taylor Knox (USA), Drew Courtney (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)