Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Trials
ASP Trials Event for Billabong Pro
26 - 30 April 2008
VZ's annual pilgrimage to Tahiti via the Air Tahiti Nui/VonZipper trials to be met with giant swell
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 April, 2008 : - - Vz's annual pilgrimage to Tahiti via the Air Tahiti Nui/VonZipper trials has just been made more interesting as Mother Nature has raised her head.... The VZ trials (the qualifier for the Billabong Pro Tahiti) runs from 4/26 - 4/30... Von Zipper Aussie main man Micah will be holding point for the trials portion of the event and by the looks of it he'd better bring a tow board!
The waiting period for the BBG Pro Tahiti starts on 5/8 and runs through 5/19. VonZipper will be featured on the webcast (highest trafficked event on tour) via our "SAY WHAT!" promo and GT will be doing the post heat interviews with the athletes from the channel...
Be sure to check out billabongpro.com for the daily web fun as well as vonzipper.com for updates from yours truly.. In addition to the standard contest goodness this year's event will be made even sweeter by the presence of our own Donavon Frankenreiter.. "Diamond Donny" will be down there filming for an upcoming DVD as well as performing songs from his forthcoming album that he has been recording in LA over the last two months.
Needless to say VZ will figure prominently throughout.
Check the report:
A large SW swell is on forecast for this weekend, along with what looks like excellent conditions at this point. Please see below for further details:
FRIDAY: The morning starts slow, but new SW swell (205-220) starts to come on strong over the afternoon. Look for an 8'++ deepwater swell by the late afternoon and evening hours with double to triple overhead waves and a few possible larger sets. WIND: Light E/ESE 8-10kts.
SATURDAY: SW swell (205-220) will be strongest and peaks as a 12-15' deepwater swell. Face sizes are in the 15-25'+ range, with some larger bombs up to 30' at times. *Keep an eye out for sets that may close out the channel as the swell is both large and very west*. WIND: Very clean with light E wind staying below 10kts.
SUNDAY: Still solid but down a notch or two, in the neighborhood of a 10-12' swell and strongest early. Face sizes early will be in the 12-15' range, with the occasional set to 20' in the morning but easing through the day. WIND: Conditions remain excellent with light E shifting NE wind, again mainly below 10kts.
MONDAY: The surf is on the way down but still relatively solid, with swell around 8'. Face sizes are still solidly double overhead, with some larger waves on occasion. WIND: NE/NNE wind around 10kts.
Large SW swell (210-220) picks up over the afternoon on Friday and is really cranking by Saturday, which looks like the largest day. The storm was a long lasting one, so while the surf will be easing on Sunday it still looks large. The fading trend continues into early next week.
A couple notes: this storm is actually still going now, so we may make some adjustments to the above numbers, especially for the latter part of the swell but we're looking quite solid for the weekend. Also, as I mentioned above, the swell is very west and obviously good size, so watch out for occasional sets closing out the channel!
Conditions for this run of surf look excellent, as Tahiti will be under the influence of a weak pressure gradient. Light E/ESE winds on Friday give way to light/variable E wind on Saturday. Sunday and into Monday will see wind shift more ENE/NE although they likely remain quite light.
Going into the longer range, things slow down quite a bit as we move into the second half of next week and into the first weekend of May (around the 1st- 3rd), with a possible new bump of small/medium SW swell around the
4th-5th. Stay tuned.
GT / Sébastien Marcq
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