It feels like forever since the last world tour contest but later this week the waiting period of the 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti event will begin. The official start of the contest is August 16th and it will run until the 27th. It looks like there is some swell on the way so we could see surfers in the water on the very first day. The round one heat matchups have been drawn and we’ve got them below.
For all the action of the Billabong Pro Tahiti head over to billabongpro.com/tahiti12.
BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1:Â John John Florence (HAW), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 2:Â Taj Burrow (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 3:Â Mick Fanning (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4:Â Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 5:Â Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 6:Â Kelly Slater (USA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Alain Riou (PYF)
Heat 7:Â Josh Kerr (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8:Â Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 9:Â Owen Wright (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 10:Â Julian Wilson (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11:Â Gabriel Medina (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12:Â Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)