Arugam Bay Turns On For SriLankan Airlines Pro

Nat Young enjoying a superb wave as he comfortably wins his round two heat at  Arugam Bay. Photo courtesy ASP Australasia/Robertson

Nat Young enjoying a superb wave as he comfortably wins his round two heat at Arugam Bay. Photo courtesy ASP Australasia/Robertson

Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay: Fantastic conditions at Arugam Bay for day three of the Association of Surfing Professionals six-star rated SriLankan Airlines Pro.

A slight drop in swell with waves at 3 to 5 feet (1.5m) but perfectly angled on this incredible point break set-up saw the world’s top surfers shredding the long clean perfect waves as round two was completed and the field is now down to the final 24 surfers.

Number one seed Drew Courtney summed up the feeling of all the surfers competing here after advancing through his heat.

“What a place for a contest,” exclaimed Courtney.

The waves line-up superbly on this point and it’s like a machine peeling through with section after section standing up and allowing major moves – I love the place – the people, the wild-life, everything about Sri Lanka” added Courtney.

There were no major surprises today with all heats closely fought out.

Number one seed Drew Courtney and highly touted wild-card Julian Wilson both advanced with solid second placings.

Other standouts today included Richard Christie (NZ), Rhys Bombaci (AUS), Nat Young (USA)  and Teppie Tejima (Japan).

The final two heats of the day saw the top two scoring performances with Hawaii’s Mason Ho and French surfer Romain Cloitre both posting 14.33 heat tallies to win through to the final 24 surfers.

“It’s a very enjoyable wave to surf,” said Cloitre.

“The mornings are always good with offshore winds and I’m enjoying my time here.”

With just 24 surfers remaining in the event organizers are keen to etch out the best quality here and when the afternoon onshore wind came in today the event was called off and will recommence in expected excellent conditions first thing tomorrow morning.

Expectations are high that a increasing swell will see this event finish in epic conditions on Thursday – until then however we’ll see more perfect medium sized waves for the coming rounds.

The event is LIVE webcast  and includes Vision, Audio, Results, Live Scores –

Follow this link – srilankanairlinespro.com/.

Or open the mini site via aspworldtour.com.

The SriLankan Airlines Pro will be live webcast and will include a quality produced and globally distributed television show along with television newsfeeds distributed internationally throughout the event as well as  highest quality digital images focusing on the event, the environment, wildlife and of course the abundance of surf from the region.

The SriLankan Airlines Pro is made possible thanks to SriLankan Airlines; Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Lanka Sportreizen, Dialog, Arugam Bay Beach Wear, John Keells, Dilmah, Wild Elephant, Billabong, and ASP Australasia.