Lay Day Called for Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley, Swell on the Horizon

  • Forecasters and Event Organizers Target Friday, August 23, as Possible Start Day
  • Multiple Swells Lining Up for Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley Event Window
  • More Available at WorldSurfLeague.com
Pictured: Trials winner Kauli Vaast (FRA) will take on Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Heat 4 of the Seeding Round. Credit: © WSL / Dunbar
TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Wednesday, August 21, 2019) – Event organizers have called back-to-back lay days for the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley and are targeting Friday, August 23, for a potential start to competition. The forecast for the 2019 Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley looks promising for the world’s best surfers with multiple swells stacking up over the course of the next 10 days.

“Small surf today as expected and smaller tomorrow so we’ve called competition off for both days,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Competition Director, said. “We have a good swell moving in on Friday through Sunday and another swell shaping up nicely for next week. We’ll return on Friday to assess and make another call.”

Event No. 7 of 11 on the 2019 WSL Championship Tour, the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley is held at one of the most critical waves on the planet and at one of the most critical points of the season. Both the WSL Title Race and the requalification campaigns for the 2020 season are in play with Californian Kolohe Andino (USA) holding the WSL Jeep Frontrunner spot and Filipe Toledo (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and reigning two-time WSL Champion and defending Tahiti Pro winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) looking to chase him down over the coming events.

Pictured: WSL teamed up with the Coral Gardeners to plant dozens of units of coral at the Coral Gardeners center on Moorea. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

Pro Surfers Team Up with Coral Gardners to Restore Nearby Reefs
For the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, WSL collaborated with ‘Glowing Glowing Gone’, a global campaign advocating for greater funding and action for coral reef conservation by highlighting the global danger signaled by fluorescing corals. The collaboration features a complete takeover of the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley event branding to incorporate the exact colors of fluorescing corals, in addition to WSL’s support of Coral Gardeners, a youth-led non-profit organization that is actively restoring coral reefs in the area.

Yesterday, Michel Bourez, Lea Brassy, Matahi Drollet, and Koa Smith teamed up with the Coral Gardeners to plant dozens of units of coral at the Coral Gardeners center on Moorea. The baby coral was planted into an underwater frame where they will mature for 20-24 months before being transplanted onto degraded areas of the reef. When these coral fragments grow, they help to recreate reef habitats, which allows other life to return and strengthens the reef against future damage.

“It’s so cool to work with WSL PURE, Glowing Glowing Gone and the Coral Gardeners on the planting endeavor here at home in Tahiti,” Bourez said. “The solutions to make positive change can be very simple sometimes and they make a major impact. It was a great day in Moorea with Coral Gardeners and the teams and I’m looking forward to representing Glowing Glowing Gone on my Tahiti Pro jersey at this event.”

Pictured: The new WSL Tahiti Pro jerseys in collaboration with the Glowing Glowing Gone campaign. Credit: © WSL / Dunbar
Tahiti Pro Trials
The Trials for the Tahiti Pro presented by Hurley ran in perfect four- to six-foot conditions at Teahupo’o. Kauli Vaast (FRA) took the win with Tyler Newton (HAW) finishing in second. Both surfers will now compete in the main event.
Surfline Forecast for the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley
The next call for the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley will be on Friday, August 23, at 7:00 a.m. for a possible 7:35 a.m. start. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

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