Second Consecutive Lay Day for Oakley Rio Surf Pro International
RIO DE JANEIRO – Only the weather has changed at this Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro. With cloudy skies and no waves in the main site of Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley, the event officials call competition off for today, the second day in a row. The surf still very small with only one foot waves.
A new call has been made for tomorrow at 7am, with the possiblity to run the two events (Men’s and Women’s) simultaneously in disputes with two judges towers, one in Arpoador Beach and another at Leblon. It is also expected that the waves s to react for tomorrow. The Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley has until Sunday to close the 2009 ASP Women’s WQS Tour and the second ASP Men’s WQS 6 Star event in a row.
“The surf is smaller today than yesterday, so we’re putting competition off until tomorrow” said the Contest Director, Marcelo Andrade. “We checked all the beachs around here, Recreio, Prainha, Copacabana and there are no waves either, so we’re hoping the new swell will fill in overnight, than we can run both events (Men’s and Women’s) in two different places, one here in Arpoador and another at Leblon. So will be ready for tomorrow”.
All the girls competing at the Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley were in Arpoador this morning checking the conditions. One of them, was Brazilian Silvana Lima, who on Sunday won his second straight victory in the ASP Women’s World Tour in Sydney, beating again the two times World Champ, Australian Stephanie Gilmore. Silvana will debut in the fourth heat of Round of 48, she arrived in Brazil on Monday and is ready to compete.
"I’m ready. Every contest in Brazil is really special for me. I feel more focused and well prepared for this event, especially after my victory in Australia” said Lima, who agreed to postpone the start of the final event of the 2009 ASP Women’s WQS Tour. "There is no waves out there, almost flat and with no conditions to run a contest, so the best solution for tomorrow will be split the Men’s and Women’s event and run the two events at the same time. So let’s hope the waves come!".
While Silvana Lima is already guaranteed in 2010 ASP Dream Tour, other surfers are in Rio de Janeiro to fight for a place in World Tour next year. One of them is the Australian Jessi Miley-Dyer, current 4th place in WQS Ranking. Jessi came to the main site of Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley to try surf the small waves of Arpoador Beach.
"It is very hard out there. I stayed 40 minutes in the water and only got two waves. The surf is almost flat, without any power, but you can feel that this place has a very good potential, with very long lefts. Let’s wait that the conditions changed for the rest of the week" said Jessi Miley-Dyer. "I’m not having a good year on the World Tour, but I’m well on the WQS and this event is very important for me to secure my spot for the next year".
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a 7:30am start.