COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, February 28, 2010) - A magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning, resulting in a tsunami warning for the East Coast of Australia effective today.
Event organizers, coordinating with the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, were forced to call both the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover and the Roxy Pro Gold Coast events for the day, with the potential tsunami projected to hit at 8:15am.
"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 8:15am," Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Contest Director, said. "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. The event site is closed for the day, and we�ll check back tomorrow at 6:30am."
So I should surf tomorrow or later in the week, my heat is heat5 with Sofia Mulanovich and Rosanne Hodge.
Will post more news tomorrow!