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Ke11y Slater Wins 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti

Kelly Slater managed to weave his way to the front of the ASP World Tour rankings yesterday after winning the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Teahupo’o served up an unbelievable string of surf, including a massive “code red” day that will undoubtably surface again in the 2012 Billabong XXL award finals.

After scoring epic conditions in Tahiti, the ASP now heads to the Atlantic for the Quiksilver Pro New York, the first-ever WCT stop on the East Coast of the United States. The competition is packaged with a slew of distractions, including BMX, motocross, and skateboarding events, designed to supplement a potential lack of action in the water, a distinct possibility (although Katia is brewing). At the moment, there are unconfirmed rumors the entire event has been cancelled, but with no official statement from Quiksilver, the show presumably goes on.

Here’s a look at the forecast as of Monday evening: The first three days of the 15-day holding period, which is scheduled for September 1 – 15, have been set aside for a local trials event. Starting on Thursday, there’s a mixture of small, short-period ESE and East wind swell (2-3 feet at 5-8 seconds), with a touch of long-period Southeast swell in the background (1 foot at 15-16 seconds 131°).

On Saturday, the short-period East (94°) swell picks up a notch to the 4 feet at 9 seconds range, and long-period forerunners from the Southeast start to arrive on Sunday (1 foot at 18 seconds 132°). However, Southwest winds begin to increase over the weekend as well.

Conditions should improve by Monday, September 5th, as the Southeast ground swell continues to fill-in (3 feet at 14 seconds 132°) and the SSW wind swell backs off as winds ease and clock to the WNW. In fact, the mixture of SSW and SE swell with improving local winds could potentially deliver enough combo-swell action to run the first day of competition.

The nearest station reporting real-time observations is Buoy 44065 (New York Harbor Entrance), which is located about 14 miles South from the event site in Long Beach. Real-time wind and wave data from the buoy is available on Twitter by following @buoy44065.

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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 billabongpro.com 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.

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Massive Swell & Favorable Winds

The latest forecast for the 2011 Billabong Pro has both Kelly Slater and the medical staff concerned, as huge surf is expected to peak on Saturday with conditions in the 15 feet at 18 seconds range (SSW 198°).

Anyone who wants to paddle around me Saturday has my official blessing. @joelparko just pretend it’s snapper.

- Kelly Slater

Currently, a new South-Southwest swell is building, but the event remains on hold is off today as local winds are impacting conditions. The winds are looking a lot better from Saturday onward, as they’re forecast to turn East, then Northeast, and ease through Monday.

Follow @billabongpro on Twitter for the latest news and updates from Teahupo’o. The next call will be tomorrow, Friday, at 6:30 a.m. Tahitian time.

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Dr. Paul Fisher, Australian trauma doctor and medical lead at the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

This is my 11th WT event and this is definitely from my perspective the most scary, and with the most potential for serious injury and even death.

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This is my 11th WT event and this is definitely from my perspective the most scary, and with the most potential for serious injury and even death.

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Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) in reference to Saturday’s massive forecast for the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o.

Anyone who wants to paddle around me Saturday has my official blessing. @joelparko just pretend it’s snapper.

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Anyone who wants to paddle around me Saturday has my official blessing. @joelparko just pretend it’s snapper.

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