MOHLE LESTE, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 22, 2009) – Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Search is set to commence this morning at 9:30am, with surfers doing battle in the wedging two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at the backup site of Mohle Leste.
Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search has endured three, consecutive lay days, and monstrous surf and storms that destroyed the event structure at the primary site of Supertubos, before reaching this morning’s clean conditions at Mohle Leste (in the northern corner of the Supertubos beach).
“We’ll be getting underway this morning at 9:30am at Mohle Leste,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting conditions to improve throughout the day and are looking to run all of Round 1.”
The Rip Curl Pro Search event has elected to activate the new competition format, featuring elimination, man-on-man heats from the outset.
Up first this morning will be Tim Boal (FRA), 26, against Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25, in the opening heat of the Rip Curl Pro Search event.
Surfline, official forecasters for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling the current Northwest swell to maintain throughout the next couple of days before a WNW swell fills in for the weekend.
The Rip Curl Pro Search will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com
Rip Curl Pro Search online media center is available at http://www.box.net/shared/o3avphdb6z
The Rip Curl Pro Search is partnered regionally by RTP, Eurosport, Fuel TV and ESPN Brazil, who will all be broadcasting live from Peniche throughout the event. For more information on these live television broadcasts, please visit www.live.ripcurl.com.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 4: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 6: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 7: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. David Luis (PRT)
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Justin Mujica (PRT)
Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 11: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Michael Picon (FRA)
Heat 12: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 13: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 15: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 16: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 6: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 13: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 14: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA
Heat 15: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA