The 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti begins its 11-day waiting period tomorrow, and there should be no shortage of excitement given the outstanding forecast for the event. It may be a crap-shoot to pick the winner at this point, but mother nature is going to make a strong showing at Teahupoo in 2011.
Things kick-off Saturday with a solid, moderate-period Southwest (218°) swell that peaks late in the day and lingers into Sunday. A combination of long-period South (180°-190°) and moderate-period Southwest (208°-218°) swells are expected Monday and Tuesday, but increasing South-Southeast winds could impact the quality of conditions.
Things get particularly juicy starting Wednesday, when a bigger, long-period SSW (198°) pulse is forecast to arrive and pump 10-foot+ swell through Thursday with moderate ENE winds. Given the sharp increase in swell height on Wednesday, coupled with strong Southeast winds on Tuesday, Thursday is looking much more contestable, with better conditions and consistent swell throughout the day.
First rounds of the event could get underway as early as tomorrow. For the official event call, check out the Billabong Pro Tahiti site. Definitely worth tuning into the live webcast, especially starting next Wednesday, because the later rounds are poised to deliver some epic barrels, as well as some epic carnage.