It’s on it’s on it’s on…
Meant to start yesterday, organisers of the Billabong Rio Pro called the competition off due to six foot (2 metre) closeout waves at the main event site of Barra Da Tijuca.
But never fear, “We’ve got plenty of time remaining in the waiting period and would rather wait for better conditions to start the contest,” said Pritamo Ahrendt, ASP International Judge.
The competition is due to run from 11th May through to the 20th. Organisers are due to re-convene this morning at 7am local time to assess conditions for a possible 7:30 start. (postscript: news just in, it’s an 8 a.m. start with women’s round 1. Men are still on standby…)
If the decision is to go this morning then 2010 ASP Rookie of the year, 21-year old Owen Wright (AUS) will be first up along with 29- year old Heitor Alves (BRA), and Bobby Martinez (USA), also 29. Running in conjunction with the Billabong Rio Pro is stop No. 5 of 7 on the ASP Women’s World Tour. The top 17 female surfers in the world will be there. Also The ASP Top 17 waiting period begins tomorrow, May 12 and runs through May 16.
A rumour is going around to “watch the wildcard – the young Brazilian surfing prodigy, Peterson Crisanto.” The 19-year-old from Parana state will be the youngest surfer in the event and could create an hiatus. He is certain to draw one of the tournament’s big-name seeds in the round 1 match-ups.
Crisanto is brilliant at pulling off any number of aerial manoeuvres and for this reason is quite possibly going to be a threat to the sport’s biggest names. In January he claimed the biggest-ever first-place prize for a junior surfer when he won the Hurley Burleigh on Australia’s Gold Coast, ahead of a stellar, all-international field.
The men’s event is still on standby and there are rumblings that it might be moved further down the coast to a break that could favour the goofys…