Billabong Pro Tahiti
ASP Men's World Tour Championship Event
15 - 26 August 2014
Multiple Swells Converging on World's Most Dangerous Lefthander
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2014 - Teahupo'o, Tahiti - The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, begins today and the world's best surfers at the world-famous venue of Teahupo'o, anticipating a flurry of significant swell activity converging on the region in the coming.
A lay day has been called this morning with small and inconsistent conditions prevailing with relation to the swell forecast looming on the horizon.
"Conditions this morning are very clean and there are a few waves, but inconsistency is the main problem today," Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. "The near-term forecast we're reviewing looks very promising and we anticipate some special days out here for this year's event."
Surfline, official surf forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are confidently predicting excellent conditions in the days ahead and have called for:
The event window will start in contestable, but fading and relatively small, SSW swell on Friday the 15th. We'll start to see a rebuilding trend on Sunday the 17th, but the real action will prevail throughout the week of the 18th as we see a series of very solid SW swells move in.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, have called for: The first couple days of the event will start off with contestable, but fading, leftovers from a swell that will have peaked earlier in the week. We’ll see a building trend of new southwest swell on Sunday the 17th, but the real fireworks will come throughout the week of the 18th as we see a series of very solid southwest swells impact Tahiti. While we need to see these forecasted storms actually develop before we can really nail down specific size and conditions, there is strong potential for the event to see some of the largest competition waves of the last few years during the final week of the waiting period.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16 to make the next call.
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mitch Crews (AUS), Tuamata Puhetini (PYF)
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS)