MUNDAKA, Basque Country, Northern Spain (Thursday, October 12, 2006) – With the tides yet again affecting the conditions at Mundaka, organisers of the Billabong Pro have decided to move the event 15 minutes drive south to the beach breaks of Bakio.
The location, while nowhere near as incredible as its neighbour Mundaka is however much more open to swell and can produce some quality peaks that will provide an adequate platform on which the world's best on the Foster's ASP Men's World Tour can show their wares.
The aim is to retstart the event at 12 noon then complete the remaining three heats of round three.
Conditions will then be reassessed back at Mundaka with the hope that there will be enough quality to contest round four.
The pressure is beginning to mount as there are three days left in the official waiting period and over a day needed to complete the event. But since the tides affect the region so dramatically, there will be a push to run in anything reasonably contestable.
If round four continues today all eyes will be focussed on the race for the Foster's ASP Men's World Tour crown with Kelly Slater in the box seat.
On his heels are Taj Burrow (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Joel Parkinson (AUS).
And with a move to the unpredictable beach breaks luck will play a much greater factor in deciding heat results.
Remaining round three heats:
Heat 14: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 15: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 16: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs Michael Lowe (AUS)
Round four heat draw so far: (1st to Quarterfinals 2nd receives equal 9th place and 600 ratings points)
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 2: Victor Ribas (BRA) vs Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 3: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) vs Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 4: Cory Lopez (USA) vs Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 5: Andy Irons (HAW) vs Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs Phil MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs TBC
Heat 8: TBC