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Unfavorable south swell puts Billabong Pro Tahiti on hold

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Billabong Pro Tahiti

WSL World Tour Men's Event
Teahupo'o Tahiti
14 - 25 August 2015

Lay Day at Billabong Pro - Swell on the Way

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 August, 2015 - Teahupo'o, Tahiti - An unfavorable South swell at Teahupo'o and improving conditions on the way have prompted event organizers to call a fifth consecutive lay day at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

"I got out there this morning and I was the only one out - that's a pretty good indication that conditions aren't great," Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner said. "That South swell is continuing from yesterday and the Southerly direction isn't really good for Teahupo'o - it really pushes it wide and makes it not hollow. The size is okay when the sets come but we won't run any heats today because that Southerly swell is supposed to continue through the day. We're still tracking a great looking swell for Monday and Tuesday so we're going to have a good finish".

When competition resumes, up first will be Josh Kerr (AUS) and Adrian Buchan (AUS) in Heat 9 of Round 3.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7 a.m. local time to assess conditions and make a call for competition.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for: New SSE/SE swell will fill in and peak through Saturday afternoon. This is not the ideal direction for Teahupoo, but there will be waves and favorable local wind. The SE swell trends down through Sunday as local wind remains favorable. A new mix of mid to longer period SW swells will build through the day on Monday, peak late and continue Tuesday morning. Short period SE swell is also looking likely to build Monday and continue Tuesday to give the surf a mixed up feel. Strong SE trades (sidecar) prevail Monday, with strong ESE trades (side/offshore) Tuesday.  

The Billabong Pro Tahiti runs from Friday, August 14 to Tuesday, August 25, 2015 and is webcast LIVE at and via the WSL mobile app.

The world's best surfing is also broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and on Globo TV in Brazil.

Upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

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