GRAN Canaria, Canary Islands (Monday, November 8, 2010) - The Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro was forced to call a second consecutive lay day due to small inconsistent conditions and is preparing for a huge ground swell expected to show signs of life overnight to allow the crowning of the 2010 champion tomorrow afternoon. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event has one day remaining in the official waiting period and with only four hours needed to complete the event a swell window is guaranteed to open producing excellent conditions for the final day.
Small lines in the 2ft (0.5m) range pushed in as the tide rose but inconsistency and the promise of better conditions tomorrow lead to the decision being made. The swell coming is big enough to push in earlier than expected the first barrage of waves which could produce spectacular over-head barrels at El Confital.
“There will be waves tomorrow,” affirmed contest organiser Federico Garcia. “I am sure we are going to see some great surfing and the barrels will come. Everybody is here and everything is set up and ready to go. Early tomorrow we will check it and then when the tide comes in it will be good and then on the outgoing tide it will be better.”
ASP Europe president Dave Mailman is on-site for this final event of the season here in Europe and is putting things into perspective about what is the reasoning behind the waiting to run the remaining seven heats of competition.
“Mother Nature makes the calls not us so we are just going to cross our fingers and go home and be nice and hopefully there will be waves tomorrow. It is always much better to have the final rounds in pumping surf and that is what Federico Garcia, the organiser of the Islas Canarias Ocean & Earth Pro, likes to see too. We didn’t come here to surf knee high, waist high surf. We came here to see the boys in pumping barrels at El Confital. Hopefully that is what we are going to have tomorrow and that is why we are waiting.”
One of ‘the boys’ literally speaking, that we are waiting to see is young Brazilian Jesse Mendes 17, who will be up first in quarter-final n