Lay day called at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti

Small and inconsistent swell has forced organisers to call a lay day at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti on Wednesday, after a day of high drama and big upsets yesterday.

“It’s definitely a beautiful day but there are really slow, inconsistent sets,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner said.

“We won’t be running any heats today because there’s just not enough coming through and not enough opportunity. We’ve also got a good looking forecast so we’re going to go off for the day and come back tomorrow”.


When competition resumes, up first will be Gold Coaster Josh Kerr and fellow Australian Adrian Buchan in Heat 9 of Round 3.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7 a.m. local time to assess conditions and make a call for competition.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for:

Easing S swell prevails on Tuesday, with still mid size surf early and light wind/sunny skies. Smaller leftovers prevail for at least the first half of Wednesday with onshore SW to S wind. Thursday will see a pick up in shorter period S swell as unfavorable S to SSE wind prevails. Friday will see a building trend of medium size, mid period S swell as trades swing more to the SE. The surf will likely back down over the weekend as SE trades continue. Confidence continues to increase that the largest swell of the waiting period will build into Tahiti for Mon/Tue of next week. 

Upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)