Billabong Pro Tahiti 2010 runs August 23rd -September 3rd at Teahupoo,Taiarapu-Tahiti. Adam Melling is now safe from the mid year cut and can concentrate on making his mark on one of the scariest waves on the planet. Owen Wright is also sitting safely inside the cut off at No.11 and will be frothing for some frontside slabs. Anthony Walsh has built a solid rep @ Chopes over the last few years and it's a certainty that he will throw himself into the gnarliest pits in an attempt to qualify for the main event thru the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials. Good luck gentlemen.

UPDATE August 17th
Justifying his inclusion in the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials Anthony Walsh registered the event’s first perfect-10 point ride with just ten seconds remaining in his Round 2 clash versus Hawaii’s Hank Gaskell and locals Tuhiti HAUMANI and David DANDOIS .
The score catapulted Walshy from last place to first in the dying moments and he secured a place in Round 3.


Photo Billabong Pro Tahiti



UPDATE August 18th
Walshy charged towards the pointy end of the trials with wins in round 3 ( 13.66 ) and round 4 ( 15.40 ). He faced Steven Pierson ( Tahiti ) in the man on man quarters. With just 10 minutes remaining, Walshy required a combination of scores to overtake the Tahitian and managed to answer back with a near-perfect 9.93 for an awesome double-barrel ride to put him within striking distance. However, with time ticking away, Teahupo’o did not co-operate and still requiring a second good scoring wave he was bundled out in equal 5th place.


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UPDATE August 24th
Lay day today. Swell forecast is looking suss. When the event gets started Mello surfs in Ht 7 vs Mick Fanning and Tamaroa McComb while Owen surfs in Ht 12 against Brett Simpson and Neco Padaratz

UPDATE August 25th,26th
Lay day today.


Owen Wright photo: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

UPDATE August 27th
Lay day today but organisers are confident of a start Saturday morning.

UPDATE August 28th
Groundhog day. Check back tomozza

UPDATE August 29th
After going on hold for the majority of the morning, event organizers called the Billabong Pro Tahiti off for the sixth day in a row, but a new southwest swell projected to fill in tomorrow.
“It’s another beautiful day in Tahiti but still no surf so competition is off,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’re tracking some energy that is supposed to be bringing better direction and better swell starting tomorrow afternoon so we’ll return in the morning to assess conditions.”


Baby food photo: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

UPDATE August 30th
After 4 hrs on hold another lay day has been called


Getting better © ASP / ROBERTSON

UPDATE August 31th
The event finally started in 3'waves today. Adam couldn't find the right waves and was sent to round 2 by the local grom, Tamaroa. He surfs next in round 2 Ht 11 vs the Ginger Ninja. Owen surfed a smart heat to come up with a win and a start in round 3.





About time © ASP / ROBERTSON

UPDATE September 1st
Mello had a win by the narrowest of margins in round 2 ( 14.44 to 14.40 ) and moved into round 3. Owen's round 3 heat win was slightly different scoring 16.33 to Jay Thompson 2.17. Mello destroyed Dusty Payne in round 3 with a heat total of 17.83 that included an amazing foam ball barrel that scored the highest in the event so far, 9.80.
“It was good to get on a roll out there. A couple of wider ones that opened up for me and it felt great to get a couple of scores. Dusty is such an amazing barrel-rider that I knew I had to be on my game from the outset.”
When the event resumes Owen surfs Ht 4 against Freddy P and Mello surfs Ht 5 against Slater.





UPDATE September 2nd
Another lay day was called today after the running of the remaining heats in round 3.

UPDATE September 3rd
Another lay day was called today. There is one day left in the waiting period and 17 heats to go.

UPDATE September 4th
Adam and Owen have both finished equal 9th and cemented their positions amongst the world's elite on the WCT. Owen now sits at No.8 and Mello at No.18. Well done fellahs.


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Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan 6-Star Prime runs from August 10th - 15th, 2010 on the beautiful island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. Anthony Walsh who is chasing points to get into the Triple Crown later in the year surfs in the round of 128 Ht 2. Stu Kennedy will be pumped up after his good form in the Le-Ba August club round and surfs in the round of 96 Ht 19. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE August 11th
No luck and early elimination for Walshy in the dribbly conditions in round 1.

UPDATE August 13th / 14th
Lay day today
Event organisers are planning to run the entire contest on split banks in one day , Sunday. To make the final means 7 heats in one day. Sounds like hard work.


UPDATE August 15th
The Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event was forced to cancel due to a lack of contestable waves. Event officials and surfers were greeted at dawn by a flat ocean as the expected overnight swell increase failed to eventuate. Contest director Rodrigo Heredia made another call mid-morning however this proved fruitless leaving the remaining 96 surfers of round two unable to compete further in the 145,000$US event.

Despite all attempts made by Rodrigo Heredia to complete the event or at least advance through some more rounds the absolute flat conditions made it impossible to start round two. Heredia who has been coming to the Azores all his life has never seen such conditions for such a long period of time. Remaining positive and helping both event officials and surfers as much as possible during the entire event Heredia received no criticism for any of his decisions.

“We waited as long as we could to try and get a result and do the right thing by the surfers but there was no chance of running the event on double banks today because it is unsurfable. We have studied the option of extending the waiting period and finishing tomorrow however the fore is not looking good either. This is not a usual situation here to have no swell but this year ‘El NiƱo' is causing this flat spell and I hope it doesn't happen again here or in any other of the contest sites in the world”

All competitors finish equal 73rd and receive $500 - thanks for coming.




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August club round @ The Point - photos Travis Bristow



The $250,000 2010 US Open of Surfing presented by Nike 6.0, Hurley and Converse runs Aug 2-8 at Huntington Beach, California. Last year Hurley stunned the surfing world by jacking the prize-money for 1st to $100k US. This year 32 surfers from the ASP World Tour will be chasing Hurley's cash and the 6500 points. James Wood will surf in Ht 1 of the round of 128 ,Adam Melling ( ASP World Title ranked 19th ) surfs in Ht 19 and Owen Wright ( ASP World Title ranked 11th ) surfs in Ht21 in the round of 96. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE August 4
Unfortunately Woody was eliminated in the round of 128 in small inconsistent conditions. Bugger.

UPDATE August 5
Mello's heat will be up first when action resumes late tonight. 

Anthony Walsh is competing in the Relentless Boardmasters 5 star WQS in England at the moment. He won his round 1 heat and surfs this arvo in Ht 10 of round 2
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UPDATE August 6
Adam Melling had a good win in the round of 96 with a heat total of 14.50. Owen also had a big win with a 13.27 total. In the round of 48 Mello was holding a 7.00 but with 30 seconds to go was sitting in 3rd needing a 4.78. Dion Atkinson was in second and trying to keep Adam off the final wave but incurred an interference. Adam finished the ride and didn't get the score he needed but due to the interference managed to progress behind Dane Reynolds. Owen went to town in the round of 48 with his trademark frontside air reverses and finished with another big win and a total of 15.34.

Over in England Walshy had another solid heat win and moved into round 3
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UPDATE August 7
Adam and Owen were both eliminated in round 4 and finished in equal 17th with 1542 points.

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