MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Wednesday, October 1, 2008) - Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka will run in two to three foot (1 metre) waves at the back-up site of Sopelana today. Heat 1 hit the water at 9am local time.
Because five full-time ASP World Tour surfers have withdrawn from the event, there are a total of eight non-tour surfers competing in the Billabong Pro Mundaka - five replacement surfers and three event wildcards. Those surfers, four of whom are local Basque competitors, will be looking to upset the full-time ASP World Tour field.
Billabong Pro Mundaka Round 1 Heat Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kai Otton (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Mick Campbell (AUS), Ricky Basnett (ZAF)
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Pancho Sullivan (HAW), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS), Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Eneko Acero (EUK)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Tim Reyes (USA), Hodei Collazo (EUK)*
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Taylor Knox (USA), Reubyn Ash (GBR)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Marco San Segundo (EUK)*
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Txaber Trojalo (EUK)*
Heat 11: Luke Stedman (AUS), Jay Thompson (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 12: Chris Ward (USA), Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 13: Dayyan Neve (AUS), Mikael Picon (FRA), Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 14: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Daniel Wills (AUS), Ben Bourgeois (USA)
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Royden Bryson (ZAF), Luke Munro (AUS)
*(EUK) is the abbreviation for Euskadi - the Basque region of Spain.