COOLANGATTA, Australia (Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007) – Less than ideal conditions have prompted event organizers to call a lay day for both the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros presented by Samsung.
"We've called a lay day due to the northeasterly wind and we're expecting this wind to remain all day and even into tomorrow," Contest Director Rod Brooks said. "We're not planning to run anything today and the next call will be 6am tomorrow morning. We remain optimistic about the forecast for the weekend and hope to be back in the water as early as possible."
Despite today’s average conditions, a cyclone brewing off of the coast of Northern Queensland has competitors excited about the possibility of excellent surf for the event.
“As a whole, I feel super relaxed and confident,” rookie competitor Royden Bryson (ZAF) said. “I’ve checked out the charts and I’ve seen the waves that are coming and it looks really good. What more could one want than to surf his first heat on the World Tour in pumping waves?”
Bryson, just one of the handful of new rookies on this season’s Foster’s ASP World Tour, is eager to pull on his jersey for the first time as an elite-tour member and compete with the world’s best.
“The day before yesterday, we had two hours where the women and guys could surf,” Bryson said. “It’s good just to get out in the water with the guys you’re going to be competing against. I’ve spent four or five years on the World Quaifying Series (WQS), and it’s almost like an imaginary barrier (between the WQS and World Tour) and it’s almost like I’ve crossed that now. Just being out in the water, looking at the guys you’re going to be surfing against, it’s a good feeling. It’s insane.”
The next call will be made at 6am tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2007. Should the call be made to run the Roxy Pro, competition will resume with Heat 1 of Round 3. Quiksilver Pro competition has yet to commence.
Quiksilver Pro Round 1 Match Ups
Heat 1: Dean Morrison (AUS), Pancho Sullivan (HAW), Bernardo Miranda (BRA)
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA), Mark Occhilupo (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA), Michael Lowe (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS), Chris Ward (USA), Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Daniel Wills (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 9: Andy Irons (HAW), Greg Emslie (ZAF), Dale Richards (AUS)
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jake Paterson (AUS)
Heat 11: Cory Lopez (USA), Victor Ribas (BRA), Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 12: Phillip MacDonald (AUS), Troy Brooks (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 13: Bruce Irons (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 14: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Royden Bryson (ZAF)
Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Michael Campbell (AUS), Ricky Basnett (ZAF)
Roxy Pro Round 3 Match Ups
Heat 1: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Amee Donohoe (AUS)
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 3: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Samantha Cornish (AUS)
Heat 4: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 5: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 7: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 8: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Caroline Sarran (FRA)