We’re back — and so is the ASP World Tour! After a couple of weeks since the last contest in Portugal, the pros are stateside and surfing in Ocean Beach, San Francisco, as part of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search. Today is the first of the twelve day waiting period and the contest officials are wasting no time as the round 1 heats are on right now. With a building NW swell in the water and variable wind conditions it looks pretty fun, and there is more swell on tap for the next couple of days. All the round 1 heat matchups and the link to watch the contest are below.
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
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)
Head on over to live.ripcurl.com for the live webcast and all the coverage of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search.