With good weather and a decent swell, it looks like the Rip Curl Pro Search surf contest at Ocean Beach, San Francisco’s first major pro surf contest, will begin early Tuesday morning.
Organizers will decide at 7:30am Tuesday morning if the contest at the north end of Ocean Beach will start as scheduled at 8am or later in the day. Surfline, the official forecaster for the surf contest is predicting 5-7 foot waves in poor-to-fair condition with, the occasional 8-footer. Wednesday’s forecast for Ocean Beach is the same, with fair conditions expected.
Twelve 30-minute heats are scheduled for the first round, with defending world champion Kelly Slater surfs in heat six. If Slater wins his first two heats he will secure his 11th ASP world championship.
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 1
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Dusty Payne (HAW), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Dean Brady (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)