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Rip Curl Search Day 3: Huge surf washes out Supertubos site

16:30 21st October 2009 by
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Contest site looking battered. The storm brought giant wind and waves which ate the site overnight.

PENICHE, Portugal (Wednesday, October 21, 2009) – No shortage of action at the Rip Curl Pro Search as high seas and heavy storms destroyed the event structure at the primary site of Supertubos last night before dealing out unruly six-to-eight foot (2 metre) surf at the backup site of Lagido.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search went on hold this morning after salvaging the wreckage of the primary site structure at Supertubos and opting to wait out the onshore eight-to-ten foot (3 metre) surf at Lagido. The wait would not prevail and event organizers opted to call competition off this afternoon.

The biggest swell this year + the best surfers in the world, brought the spectators out despite the gnarly weather.

“We really wanted to run today, but the site structure at Supertubos is too badly damaged today and the conditions at Lagido never materialized,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re still seeing plenty of swell on the forecast and better weather so we’ll be back at Supertubos tomorrow at 8am tomorrow.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling the current Northwest swell to maintain throughout the next couple of days.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:30am start. The Rip Curl Pro Search will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com

Taylor Knox flying under a huge, almost-glassy Peniche lip. All photos by Rip Curl
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