CÃ"TE DES BASQUES, Biarritz - France (Saturday, July 13, 2013) - The beautiful CÃ´te des Basques of Biarritz greeted competitors and organizers with inexistant surf for the fourth consecutive day today forcing event officials to call competition off.
"Unfortunately the forecast didn't improve and no swell showed up here in Biarritz," Dave Shipley, ASP Head Judge said. "We've been monitoring conditions since the start of the event's waiting period, and we'll be back tomorrow morning for a last call at 10am. Surfers are getting ready to start the International Team Challenge mixing canoes, stand-up paddle and beach sprint, this should be a good time !"
Four teams of three surfers representing the USA, Australia and two French teams took on a beach challenge in front of a large crowd. The relay consisted of a stand-up paddle race around the Roxy buoys punctuated by a canoe ride. Two qualifying heats were ran with the fastest two teams qualifying for the final which was won by the French team consisting of former WCT surfer and wildcard of the Roxy Pro Lee-Ann Curren and Roxy longboarders Victoria Vergara and Justine Mauvin.
"We had a lot of fun," Tyler Wright, ASP Women's WCT rankings leader said. "It's more physical that I actually thought, I didn't think it was going to be that hard. It was just a fun afternoon to get in the water and mock around with everyone !"
Organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 10am for the final call of the 2013 Roxy Pro Biarritz.
The Roxy Pro Biarritz will be webcast LIVE via http://roxylive.com/roxyprobiarritz/2013
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ROXY PRO BIARRITZ ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Laura Enever (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)