Bede Durbidge (AUS), 30, making the most of the lay day conditions at Barra da Tijuca.
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) – The Billabong Rio Pro has called a lay day for competition today with only small one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves on offer at the primary site of Barra da Tijuca.
Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Billabong Rio Pro has completed the opening round of competition and will resume when conditions improve over the coming days.
“Only small surf on offer this morning so we’ve called a lay day for competition today,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We anticipate swell to begin filling in by tomorrow afternoon and will definitely recommence competition in the coming days. We’ll return in the morning to make another assessment.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to assess conditions.
When competition resumes Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, will take on wildcard Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) Heat 1 of Round 2.
BILLABONG RIO PRO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Messias Felix (BRA) Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS) Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS) Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW) Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS) Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA) Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS) Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA) Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)