MUNDAKA, Basque Country (Thursday, October 5, 2006) – With a repeat scenario to yesterday – ie no waves and howling offshore winds – organizers have declared that today (Thursday) will be another rest day for competitors in the Billabong Pro Mundaka.

After completing only eight heats of the first round it is anticipated that the event will resume within the next day or two as official forecasters have predicted that solid swell is on the way, arriving Friday, to pump over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday.

When the ninth event on the Foster's ASP Men's World Tour restarts it will head straight into round one, heat nine containing Andy Irons (HAW), Fred Patacchia (HAW) and wildcard Hira Terinatoofa (PYF).

Yesterday most surfers left the town to go sight seeing and today it is assumed that they will do the same.

Currently ranked Foster's ASP Men's World Tour number two ,Taj Burrow (AUS) meanwhile remains focused and when the contest resumes he will be making an all out assault on chasing down front runner Kelly Slater (USA).

If Slater takes the win here at this event he will win an unprecedented eighth world crown.

"Yeah well he could win the title here," said Burrow. "But that's not going to happen! There's a few of us who are going to do our best to stop him that's for sure."

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning and will make a call regarding continuing with round one at 7.30am sharp.

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