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Billabong Rio Pro Round 2 is ON

For Immediate Release

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International
Billabong Rio Pro
ASP World Championship Tour Event No. 3 of 10
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event No. 5 of 7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 9 – 20, 2012

Billabong Rio Pro Round 2 is ON

Pictured: ASP WCT Rookie Kolohe Andino (USA), 18, will face off against veteran Kieren Perrow (AUS), 35, in Heat 11 Round 2 of the Billabong Rio Pro. 

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Monday, May 14, 2012) – After a four-day break from men’s competition, the Billabong Rio Pro is back on in four-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 metre) waves at the primary site of Barra Da Tijuca.

While the ASP Top 34 have had a hiatus from competition over the past days, the Billabong Women’s Rio Pro was completed yesterday, crowning Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, the 2012 event champion.

“The swell has filled in significantly overnight and we’ll recommence competition at 7:30 local time,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’ll begin with Round 2 this morning and have put Round 3 on standby for this afternoon.”

Brazilians Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, and Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 19, will take to the water in the opening Round 2 heat of Billabong Rio Pro competition.

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Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)


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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.
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