Billabong Pro Tahiti Back ON, 9am Start

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Monday, May 18, 2009) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti, event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, is set to recommence at 9am this morning, with improved two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves breaking at Teahupoo.Having completed Round 1 and the opening six heats of Round 2, the Billabong Pro Tahiti has since survived four lay days...

Having completed Round 1 and the opening six heats of Round 2, the Billabong Pro Tahiti has since survived four lay days, but this morning’s improved conditions have prompted the event’s recommencement with the remaining Round 2 heats up first, with event organizers hopeful to complete half of Round 3.

“We’re getting down to the business end of the waiting period and conditions this morning appear to be improving,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Director, said. “We’ll be getting underway at 9am and we’re hoping to knock through the remainder of Round 2 with Round 3 on standby. Should conditions hold, we’re hoping to complete half of Round 3 by day’s end.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate SW swell to increase throughout the day.

Up first this morning will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.

Today’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

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