"We were potentially looking at an 8am start this morning but because of a Tahitian canoe race that passed by the line up between 9am and 10am today, we decided to assess the conditions at 10:30am for an 11am start," Event Director Luke Egan said.
"Had this morning's conditions been onshore then we would have run no problem, but since it's glassy, we decided not to risk having to cancel a heat midway through. We may end up sacrificing a few heats by day's end, but it looks like we'll still have a full day's worth of competition ahead of us."
Event No. 3 on the 2007 Foster's ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, will waste no time getting straight into the world title drama as the opening heat of Round 2 features current ratings leader Taj Burrow (AUS) up against lethal Tahitian wildcard Manoa Drollet (PYF).
Heats will run 35 minutes today with event organizers aiming to finish eight heats today, potentially 10 condition and daylight permitting.
ROUND 2 BILLABONG PRO TAHITI MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Anthony Walsh (AUS)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Hira Teriinatoofa (PYF)
Heat 5: Daniel Wills (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 6: Michael Campbell (AUS) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 7: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)
Heat 8: Phillip Macdonald (AUS) vs. Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 10: Frederick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Shaun Cansdell (AUS)
Heat 11: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 12: Leonardo Neves (BRA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 13: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 14: Cory Lopez (USA) vs. Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 16: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Michael Lowe (AUS)