Finals Day at Billabong Pro Tahitiposted 8/23/2016 1:32:22 PM
Caption: John John Florence (HAW) will battle CT veteran and former WSL Champion, Joel Parkinson (AUS), in Round 5 Heat 4 for an opportunity to advance to the Quarterfinals of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Image: © WSL / Cestari
|Location:||Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia|
|Event window:||August 19 - 30, 2016|
|Today's call:||Round 5, Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Final called ON|
|Conditions:||4 - 6 foot (1 - 2 metre)|
TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) - The final day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), will recommence with Round 5, followed by the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals called ON for a 6:35 a.m. start in four-to-six foot (1 - 2 metre) waves at the infamous Teahupo’o.
“We wanted to make most of the conditions today so we will start early,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. “Luck is on our side as we have some good waves out there. We are really happy with what we are seeing, and we will get going with a 6:35 a.m. start. We plan to finish the event today just after lunch time. We will try to beat that wind that might come up a little stronger this afternoon. There are definitely more waves coming in, which is a great thing because you want the guys to get more opportunities when it comes down to that final day. Going head-to-head to try to take out the Billabong Pro is always exciting when you see more waves.”
John John Florence (HAW) will face 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Round 5 Heat 4. With Matt Wilkinson (AUS) eliminated from the event in Round 3, Florence will battle for his best finish in Tahiti to claim the top spot on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard.
Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time WSL Champion, will battle Keanu Asing (HAW) in Round 5 Heat 2.
Round 5 Heat 3 will witness an all-Brazilian match-up as current World No. 3 on the Jeep Rankings, Gabriel Medina (BRA), is up against Jadson Andre (BRA).
Up first will be Jordy Smith (ZAF) against former event winner Adrian Buchan (AUS) in the opening heat of Round 5.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
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BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)