Surfing - Storms ensure lay day in Portugal

Stormy conditions prompted event organisers to call off competition for the day as the Rip Curl Pro Portugal approaches the final four days of its waiting period.

Surfing - Storms ensure lay day in Portugal

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Lay day called at Rip Pro Curl Portugal

Event organizers will now wait for better conditions before the competition resumes.

"As projected, we have stormy conditions out there today and have called competition off for the day," ASP International Head Judge, Rich Porta, said.

"We anticipate improving conditions over the next few days and will return tomorrow morning to make another call."

When it does resume, first up will be Australia’s Taj Burrow’s match-up with 18-year-old American Kolohe Andino in heat three of the third round.

The event plays a crucial role in both the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers.

Round three match-ups

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)

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