Billabong Pro Tahiti Called ON @wsl

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– Round 1 gets underway at 9 AM
– watch live at WorldSurfLeague.com

The world’s best surfers are welcomed to the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a traditional opening ceremony. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

Location:       Teahupo’o, Tahiti 
Event window:    August 11 – 20, 2017
Today’s call:
   Round 1 called ON
Conditions:         Building 3 – 5 foot (0.9 – 1.5 metre)
EAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Friday, August 11, 2017) – The event window for Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Billabong Pro Tahiti, opens today and runs until August 20, 2017. Round 1 of competition has been called on starting at 9 a.m. with building 3-to-5 foot (0.9 – 1.5 metre) surf on offer at Teahupo’o.

“Things have definitely cleaned up since this morning and we are expecting conditions to continue to build throughout the day so we are on,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “We’ll get things underway today at 9 a.m. with Round 1 and we’re keeping Heats 1 – 4 of Round 2 on standby.”

The Billabong Pro Tahiti will recommence this season’s hotly contested race for the 2017 WSL Title, with the top three surfers on the Jeep Leaderboard separated by just 600 points.

First to compete will be 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) against 2015 event winner Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Jadson Andre (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 1.

Current World No. 1 Matt Wilkinson (AUS) wears the Jeep Leader Jersey and will take on Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and wildcard Taumata Puhetini (PYF) in Round 1 Heat 6.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for:

New, longer period SSW swell will be filling in over Friday while old shorter period SSW energy fades. This new swell was pushed out by a fairly strong storm that recently slid across the deep Southwest Pacific. Wind speeds within the fetch aimed at Tahiti reached 35-45kts+, even a small patch in there up to 50kts, but the storm was rather far away and its track wasn’t ideal. As a result, we’re expecting about 4 feet+ of SSW swell (205-190°) at 15-16 seconds to peak late Friday night and hold through Saturday. Teahupo’o will see overhead sets with occasional waves up to a few feet overhead, and even pushing near or at the double overhead mark (possibly before dark on Friday as well).

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page.  Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Joan Duru (FRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Taumata Puhetini (PYF)
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Connor O’Leary (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 12: Frederico Morais (PRT), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ian Gouveia (BRA)

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