SAN CLEMENTE, California (September 14, 2006) – With small waves and onshore winds hounding the Californian coast this morning, organizers of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley have decided to call a lay day for the event today.
With two days needed to complete the seventh event on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour and with the waiting period running out till Saturday organisers will wait until tomorrow, where a new swell is predicted to arrive, before continuing with round three.
It is also forecast that the final day on Saturday will have excellent conditions. And with a hotly contested draw, the climax to the event should be one of the most exciting of the tour season to date.
“We have a strong south wind and a dropping swell today,” said contest director Mike Parsons. “So with such ugly conditions we had no choice but to call the event off for the day. The forecast shows better conditions for Friday and Saturday as a new swell is expected to arrive so we should see a great finish to the event.”
To review the earlier rounds and for all the information concerning the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley, head to www.aspworldtour.com or www.boostmobilepro.com
The sites contain earlier round heat-by-heat rundowns, audio downloads, video highlights and transcriptions of athlete quotes.
Round Three Heat Draw: (1st advances to Round Four; 2nd finishes equal 17th)
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Marcelo Nunes (BRA)
Heat 2: Daniel Wills (AUS) vs. Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Peterson Rosa (BRA)
Heat 6: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)
Heat 7: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) vs. Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 9: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 10: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 11: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Chris Ward (USA)
Heat 12: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 14: Mark Occhilupo (AUS) vs. Frederick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 15: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 16: Phillip Macdonald (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Taking centre stage today will be the Hurley “Key’s To The Continent” event.
The unique format sees competition in a team-style situation with surfers from each continent joining forces to battle against other continent based teams.
Each surfer will paddle out and count their best individual wave scores, plus a third “shared” wave, where surfers from the same team have to ride a wave together.
After the trials, the best three regions will enter into the final, where their early round scores will carry over.
The winning team gets to share the prizes with every Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour surfer from that region, even though only two surfers actually compete.
The “shared” aspect of Hurley’s “Keys to the Continent” event was first introduced two years ago at the Kelly Slater Invitational in Fiji.
The concept was created by the seven-time world champ to make the competition more interesting and exciting for everyone involved.
Stay tuned to the live webcast of the event beginning at 10.30am local time.