Round 2 of Billabong Pro Tahiti Underway

Papeete, Tahiti - Friday, August 26, 2011

Round 2 of the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti is currently underway, and the upsets have already begun, with trials winner Ricardo Santos defeating ASP World Tour #5 Taj Burrow. In the first heat of the day, Tahitian local Heiarii Williams got hung-up in the lip and went over on a solid 10-footer, while Jeremy Flores scored a 4.5 for a huge barrel he didn’t make. It’s an absolute spectacle out there right now at Teahupo’o.

Jeremy just charged the heaviest wave I’ve seen in yrs on tour. #charging all week. If you’re not watching right now, hurry

– @kellyslater via Twitter

As you can see in today’s forecast (above) there’s a solid amount of SSW energy in the water, with primary swell conditions hovering in the 10-feet at 14 seconds (203°) range throughout the day. The first signs of Saturday’s massive reinforcement pop into the chart later in the evening (22-second forerunners), and the outlook for tomorrow is ridiculous.

Papeete, Tahiti - Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday sees long-period SSW forerunners in the 20-second range building throughout the morning, with swell wave heights increasing to the 15-foot range by mid-day. The East-Southeast winds begin to back-off slightly and rotate East, which should provide improved conditions as the day goes on.

Saturday’s swell is going to be massive, and seeing how much difficulty guys are having getting into some of today’s sets, it will be absolutely terrifying to paddle tomorrow. Our call is that the ASP passes on Saturday, lets the tow-in teams have at it, then resumes on Sunday as the swell eases back to conditions similar to today, but with much better wind. Monday continues to look solid, and while it’s not forecast to be as big as today or Sunday, 8 feet at 15 seconds is more than enough to finish the event.