The event call for the Quiksilver Pro on Australia's Gold Coast at 6:30 a.m local time Sunday was a little different than usual, owing to the massive earthquake in Chile that's created a tsunami warning for every nation with Pacific coastline. Rather than assessing winds and waves, event organizers were in discussions with the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology about the size and scope of any potential tsunami waves at the event's venues.
"We've been monitoring the situation with chief meteorologists throughout the night and all projections are indicating the effects to hit the Gold Coast at approximately 8:15 a.m," said Rod Brooks, the Quiksilver Pro Contest Director. "What those effects will be, we cannot be sure. We've been advised that the biggest surge could hit anywhere from six to 12 hours after the initial surge, so we've called competition off for the day."
Another call for Round 2 will be made at 6:30 a.m. Monday, local time.