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JOEL PARKINSON WITHDRAWS FROM BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY AFTER INJURING FOOT

July 9th, 2010 No comments

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Defending event champion and Billabong surfer, Joel Parkinson (29, Gold Coast, Qld AUS), has officially pulled out of next week’s Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, after badly slicing his foot while surfing at Snapper Rocks today.

“I just pulled into a barrel and been taken out by the foamball, and pretty well straight away I’ve felt the board hit me,” says Joel, the current world number 8. “I knew immediately it was a pretty serious cut. I didn’t want to look at it when I came in because I knew it wouldn’t be good.”

Joel was helped up the beach to a waiting ambulance by good friend and three-time world champion, Andy Irons (Kauai, HI) who had been surfing with him.

The cut is on the underside of Joel’s right foot, just in front of his heel.

Due to fly out for South Africa, the injury will not have time to heal and as such Joel has made the decision to miss the Jeffreys Bay event, where he is the defending champion.

“It’s one of my favourite events, so I’m obviously disappointed that I won’t be there this year. After having such a long break I was really looking forward to competing again and really looking forward to just surfing J-Bay.”

While Joel will miss J-Bay, there is a six-week break until the following event, the Billabong Pro in Tahiti starting on August 23, and there are no doubts that he’ll be ready for it.

“In a way I was lucky it happened now and not later in the year when the events are all back-to-back. At least I have the time now to get it right and get ready for Tahiti.”

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor.

FAVOURITE BILLABONG PRO J-BAY MOMENTS IN WEBISODE 6 ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

July 9th, 2010 No comments

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A selection of the most iconic moments of the past quarter-century at the Billabong Pro J-Bay are showcased in Webisode 7 on www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s premier surfing event.

Defending event champion Joel Parkinson, South African surfing super star Jordy Smith, ‘uber-wildcard’ Sean Holmes and a host of fresh-faced rising stars and grizzled local veterans share their favourite moments while the world’s best surfers perform on the revered 300 metre liquid runway known as Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

Relive the phenomenal waves of last year; the dramatic last-second, title-winning ride in 2005; Parko’s shark story; the elation of hearing the crowd react to a 10 point ride and a variety of other happenings that are indelibly etched into the folklore of one of the planet’s marquee annual surf gatherings.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay starts on Thursday 15 July with a waiting period that runs until Sunday 25 July. It is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion. The field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The www.billabongpro.com website features heaps of content including background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of all the action during the event using multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, real-time scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of every wave ridden.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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VONZIPPER SUPERHEAT WILDCARD TRIALLISTS FEATURED IN WEBISODE 6 ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

July 7th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Dale Staples displays the from that earned him a spot in the VonZipper Superheat and a chance to win a wildcard into the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay Photo: Patterson

The coveted third wildcard into the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay will be allocated to the winner of the VonZipper Superheat, a four-man encounter at Supertubes to be run just prior to the first heat of the main event.

The two South Africans in the VZ Superheat – Jeffreys Bay locals Ryan Payne and Dale Staples – are featured in Webisode 6 now available for viewing on www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing event.

Payne earned his right to a slot in the VonZipper Superheat, and a crack at the prized wildcard, by winning the locals-only Xcel Pro Showdown at Supertubes in pumping surf in May, proving his undisputed dominance of the break for the second successive year. The 27 year-old from nearby St Francis Bay is super excited about being given the chance to match his talent against the world’s best surfers at what he calls ‘300 metres of the greatest right-hand point break you can get’.

Staples, 19, and also from St Francis Bay, is one of the leaders of the pack of red-hot South African Pro Junior surfers currently making their mark on local and international surfing. With a repertoire of powerful turns and superior tube-riding skills, Staples’ surfing is tailor-made for Supers and he explains how amped he is to be in the event.

The two South Africans will take on emerging international stars and Billabong team riders Heath Joske (AUS) and Keanu Asing (HAW) in the VZ Superheat with just the winner awarded the final wildcard to take on one of the top three seeds in the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay!

The www.billabongpro.com website features heaps of content including background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of all the action during the event using multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, real-time scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the internationally renowned Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. The event is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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Current World champions Chris Knutsen, Marc Wright and Heather Clark included in SA Team for 2010 ISA World Masters Championships in Panama

July 6th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Marc Wright on his way to the World Title in the Kahunas (Over 45) division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Peru in 2008 Photo: Jake White
Surfing South Africa has announced the names of the 2010 South African Masters Team that will compete in the ISA World Masters Championships in Peru in August and September.

The SA Masters Team preparations and attendance at the 2010 ISA World Masters Championships is made possible thanks to a R150,000 grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

Included in the side are Over 50 World Champion Chris Knutsen, Over 45 Champion Marc Wright (both Durban) and Heather Clark of Port Shepstone, the over 35 Women’s World Champion. All three were members of the South African team which won its second successive World Team title in Peru in 2008.

The balance of the team is made up of former two time SA Men’s champion and new cap Wayne Monk of Gonubie and 2009 SA Masters Champion Andrew Banks of Uvongo. Monk and Banks will compete in the Over 35 age group where Gary Van Wieringen of Warner Beach is the non travelling reserve.

Andre Malherbe of East London, who will represent the SA Masters Team for the fourth year in a row, and new cap Robert Moore Boyle of Westville compete in the Over 40 age group where Gareth Sepp of East London is the non travelling reserve.

Wright will be joined by multiple SA Champion and four time Masters team member David Malherbe of Coffee Bay in the Over 50 age group and Mike Brent of Border is the non travelling reserve.

2007 and 2008 World Champion Chris Knutsen will travel to Panama with Team Manager Dave Fish of East London as the reserve in this division.

Ant Brodowicz of Margate, the 1978 World Champion and the coach who guided the 2007 and 2008 SA Masters teams to victory at the respective World Championships and also coached the team in Namibia last year, will take on the coaching duties for the fourth year in a row.
Dave Fish, the Border Surfriders Association President who competed in the 2009 SA Masters team, will be the South African Team Manager .

The 2010 ISA World Masters Championships are scheduled to get under way on August 27 in Santa Catalina in Panama.

South Africa will be joined by the hosts, Panama, and 14 other countries at this international team event.

2010 South African Masters Surfing Team

Over 35 (Masters) : Wayne Monk (Border), Andrew Banks (SKZN) : Non travelling reserve : Gary van Wieringen (SKZN)

Over 40 (Grandmasters) : Andre Malherbe (Border), Robert Moore Boyle (CKZN) : non travelling reserve : Gareth Sepp (Border)

Over 45 (Kahunas) : David Malherbe (Border), Marc Wright (CKZN) : non travelling reserve : Mike Brent (Border)

Over 50 (Grandkahuna) : Chris Knutsen ( CKZN)

Women Over 35 : Heather Clark (SKZN)

Coach : Antoni Brodowicz  (SKZN)

Manager : Dave Fish (Border)

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FOUR SA SURFERS GUARANTEED A SPOT IN 2010 BILLABONG PRO J-BAY

July 6th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith’s trademark fins-free progressive surfing has elevated the Durbanite to No. 2 on the ASP World Title Race Rankings heading into the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay. Photo: ASP / Kirstin 

Four South African surfers are guaranteed a spot in the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay which starts next week when what is being touted as the greatest group of surfing talent ever assembled takes on the internationally renowned waves of Supertubes at Jeffreys Bay in Stop No. 4 of 10 on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.

Jordy Smith, in his third year on the Dream Tour, comes into the event ranked No. 2 on the ASP World Title Race Rankings after reaching his first final on Australia’s Gold Coast and backed that up with consecutive 5th place finishes at Bells Beach and in Brazil. The 22 year-old Durbanite, who ended 2009 ranked No. 11, is seeded fourth behind nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 2009 ASP No. 2 Taj Burrow (AUS) and reigning two-time ASP World Champ Mick Fanning (AUS), all of whom are previous Billabong Pro J-Bay winners.

Fellow Durbanite Travis Logie, 31, is in the form of his life and full of confidence after overcoming Burrow in Brazil on his way to his season best result of 9th. In his fifth season at the highest level of competitive surfing, the goofy-foot with lightening fast reflexes will be doing his utmost at Jeffreys Bay to improve his current ranking of No. 30 and ensure his continued participation in the 2010 ASP World Title Race when the field is cut from 45 to 32 after the next event in Tahiti in August.

The news that again Sean Holmes has been allocated one of the three wildcards directly into the main event will raise the anxiety levels of the world’s best surfers following the stellar performances that have seen the Capetonian cut a swathe through the top seeds on numerous occasions, including twice reaching the quarterfinals of the Billabong Pro J-Bay. Having grown up in Wilderness, a short two hour drive from Jeffreys Bay, and then lived in the Mecca of SA surfing for a number of years, Holmes has clocked more time in the surf at Supertubes than anyone else in the event and is looking to take his giant-killing act all the way to the podium.

Rising star Shaun Joubert, the ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion, gets his first start as a wildcard into Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing event and the well-travelled 19 year-old from Mossel Bay is frothing at the opportunity to test his mettle against the world’s best in waves he is well acquainted with. The importance of receiving the wildcard is not lost on Joubert who is aware that Australian Joel Parkinson competed in his first ASP World Tour event as an 18 year-old wildcard in the 1999 Billabong Pro J-Bay and went on to win the event, kick-starting a highly successful pro surfing career.

The third and final wildcard could well go to another South African as it will be allocated the winner of the VonZipper Superheat, a four-man encounter that will be run immediately before the first heat of the main event. The protagonists include Jeffreys Bay locals Ryan Payne and Dale Staples, both from nearby St Francis Bay, and emerging international stars and Billabong team riders Heath Joske (AUS) and Keanu Asing (HAW).

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010, an 11-day waiting period that enables the organisers to run the approximately four days of competition required to determine the 2010 champion in the best possible conditions at Supertubes. The field for the event comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

All the action during the event will be webcast LIVE at www.billabongpro.com with commentary in English and Portuguese. The official event website features plenty of additional content including Webisodes covering the event, its top contenders, the wildcards and the greening initiatives to be implemented, along with news, photos, video-on-demand highlights of previous heats and interactive competitions.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

2010 BILLABONG PRO J-BAY
Draw for Round One

Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) , Luke Stedman (AUS) , Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) , Daniel Ross (AUS) , Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) , Jeremy Flores (FRA) , Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) , Tiago Pires (PRT) , Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) , Tom Whitaker (AUS) , Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) , Roy Powers (HAW) , Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) , Kieren Perrow (AUS) , Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) , Owen Wright (AUS) , Wildcard 3
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) , Damien Hobgood (USA) , Wildcard 2
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) , Kai Otton (AUS) , Wildcard 1
Heat 11: Taylor Knox (USA) , Andy Irons (HAW) , Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) , Luke Munro (AUS) , Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 13: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) , Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) , Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 14: Michel Bourez (PYF) , Patrick Gudauskas (USA) , Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 15: Chris Davidson (AUS) , Dean Morrison (AUS) , Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 16: Adrian Buchan (AUS) , Mick Campbell (AUS) , Ben Dunn (AUS)

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Jordy Smith the top seed for the Mr Price Pro Ballito

July 5th, 2010 No comments

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Durban’s Jordy Smith, currently ranked No. 2 on both the ASP World Title and ASP World Rankings, is the top seed for 11th edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito which starts today and runs until Sunday 11 July on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

The 5-Star rated Mr Price Pro Ballito is Stop No. 20 of 38 on the ASP Men’s Star schedule for 2010 and offers US $120 000 (approx R900 000) in prize-money along with invaluable points on both the ASP World and local ASP Africa rankings.

The event has attracted a field of more than 90 international and local competitors with Smith being joined by a clutch of current ASP World Title contenders including 2000 Mr Price Pro winner and current World No. 16 Taylor Knox (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS) and Durbanite Travis Logie.

There is also a solid contingent of former ASP World Tour campaigners in David Weare (Durban), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Royden Bryson (Cape Town), Greg Emslie (East London) and Ricky Basnett (Bluff), who is the only South African to have won the Mr Price Pro title (2006).

Basnett comes into the first internationally rated event to be staged in South Africa this year in sparkling form, having finished 9th in the recent event in Sri Lanka where he was the highest placed SA surfer.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito presents the current crop of South African pros competing internationally with the ideal opportunity to register points on the ASP World Rankings in their home waters and the likes of Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) and rising stars Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), Chad du Toit (Berea), Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), who won the Mr Price Pro Junior event on Sunday, will be eager to take advantage.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito uses a mobile event format that takes the contest to the beach on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast offering the best waves on each day. Tune in to East Coast Radio for daily live updates and all the action will be LIVE on the webcast at www.mrpricepro.com.

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ASP World Title Races and Rebirth at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

July 2nd, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 4, will look to ignite his 2010 ASP World Title campaign at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. Credit: © ASP / CESTARI

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Thursday, July 1, 2010) – The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, is poised to be one for the ages as the best assemblage of surfing talent in history prepare to do battle on one of the world’s greatest canvases, the iconic righthanders of Jeffreys Bay.

After three events this season, the ASP World Tour journeys to South Africa amidst a red-hot ASP World Title race as well as the cutthroat, mid-year field reduction to the ASP Top 32.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion, has had an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, collecting two 9ths and a Runner Up, putting him in the ASP World No. 4 spot. A former two-time winner of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (2002, 2006), Fanning will look to regain some magic in South Africa in order to rein in former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1 Kelly Slater (USA), 38.

“This time last year, I was in fourth position so it’s early days,” Fanning said. “I’ll approach the remainder of the year as if the race is still wide open, which it is. Kelly’s had two solid results so hopefully I can narrow the gap with a strong finish at J-Bay.”

The big concern for all the top seeds at Jeffreys is a lethal crop of rookies intensified by the threat of a mid-year cutoff. Following the fifth event of the season, the ASP Top 45 will be reduced to the Top 32 and Jeffreys is one of the last opportunities for surfers to vault themselves inside the bubble.

“There’s definitely been a more aggressive approach from the lower seeds this year and you can’t go into any heat holding back.” Fanning said. “With the cut off approaching I’d say we’re going to see even more desperation and intensity from those outside the Top 32. It’s going to be a challenge but exciting to watch.”

While an event favorite himself, Fanning is very aware of all the threats that exist at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

Jordy Smith is going to be dangerous,” Fanning said. “He’s the only surfer on tour that has made the final series of each event in 2010. With that kind of momentum and confidence going into J-Bay, a wave he knows so well, he’ll be one to keep an eye on. Kelly (Slater) is always a standout at J-Bay. His Round 2 heat at Jeffreys last year is still in my head. He was throwing away two nine-point rides. Parko (Joel Parkinson) is the other major threat. He’s had an average start compared to last year and J-Bay was the last event he won. I’ve been surfing with him quite a bit and he’s back to his best.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 2, is having a career-best start in 2010, collecting a Runner-Up finish on the Gold Coast before Equal 5ths at Bells and in Brazil.

“I’ve definitely felt better this year than previous years,” Smith said. “I’ve kind of found my feet and it’s working out great. I think the main thing I’ve done differently is probably just the face that I’ve been more relaxed going into heats; not worrying about who I’ve got in my heat or anything like that. I’m just going out there and surfing and having fun.”

Although in an unfamiliar position, Smith is poised and ready to strike at the ASP World Title ratings’ lead, and the powerful natural-footer is calm about the remainder of the year.

“I guess sitting at second in the world is always good,” Smith said. “I always look at it (the ASP World Title Race) as a boxing match, and we’ve got 10 rounds and have only been through the first three and we’ve got plenty to go. Coming into J-Bay, that’s always cool. I’ll be up against a wildcard early on, but hopefully I can get a good result here and keep it going throughout the year.”

Clearly the danger man at Jeffreys Bay, Smith has arguably logged in more time at the icy pointbreak than any of the Top 45, making him the man to beat once competition kicks off.

“The Billabong contest at J-Bay is definitely one of my favorites,” Smith said. “To be in front of my home crowd and get to surf J-Bay with only three guys out, I couldn’t ask for much more. I definitely feel good about the wave. I’ve been going there since I was 7-years old. Every time I arrive there is a good feeling. You smell the aloe in the air; it’s just a really awesome place. It’s a really fast righthand pointbreak which I love, and it has incredible barrel sections. I hope we get waves like last year.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and current ASP World No. 8, hasn’t enjoyed the same juggernaut start in 2010 as he did last season, but the stylish natural-footer is positive heading into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

“Eighth place right now is inconsequential,” Parkinson said. “There’s over two-thirds of the season left to run, and if I surf well and surf well consistently, then I will be moving up the ratings. That’s in my hands, not in anyone else’s. Whoever’s in front of me is irrelevant.”

A two-time winner of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (2009, and in 1999 as a wildcard), Parkinson’s rapport with Jeffreys Bay borders on supernatural. When the wave is on, the Gold Coast is as dangerous as any, applying a beautiful forehand approach to the running righthanders.

“I think without any doubt that J-Bay brings out the best in me and in my surfing,” Parkinson said. “It gives me reason to be motivated and excited, and, above all else it, allows me to realize how lucky we are, to be able to go back there year after year. It’s such an incredible corner of the world and I’ve had some really special days out there. The wave itself, well, you couldn’t design a righthand point much better. There are long barrel sections, big open walls, and it really tests all aspects of your surfing. The waves we had for the contest last year were some of the best I’ve ever surfed in my time on the tour.”

Another top seed heading into Jeffreys Bay, Parkinson is likely to draw a lower seed early in competition, and with the mid-year cutoff looming, is aware that things could get intense.

“Every heat is important,” Parkinson said. “My approach has always been the same; expect your opponent to come with their A game and make sure you are ready to deal with them, what they bring and what the conditions will provide and all should be good. Coming off a long break like we just had, I expect everyone to be ready to go. The guys looking at the cut off will be hungry. The guys at the top will be keen to maintain their lead. The guys a little way back will be looking to make a move. Everyone has got their own motivation. When you look at it like this J-Bay is going to be epic.”

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will begin on Friday, July 15 and run through July 25, 2010.

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com/jbay10/

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BILLABONG PRO J-BAY WILDCARDS SHOWCASED IN WEBISODE 5 ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

July 1st, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Sean Holmes rebounds off the lip of a Supertubes wave on his way to a quarterfinal finish in the 2009 Billabong Pro J-Bay Photo: ASP / Cestari

The threat posed by the wildcards in the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is showcased as Sean Holmes and Shaun Joubert give their perspective of taking on the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves in Webisode 5, now on www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing event.

Holmes’ reputation as an ‘uber-wildcard’ is well justified after a series of stellar performances in the event, including eliminating a number of ASP World Title contenders, and he explains his mindset, his joy in surfing at Supertubes and the equipment he will be using while attempting to go all the way this year.

Joubert is the reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion and the well-travelled 19 year-old tells us just how special it is to compete against the world’s top surfers as he goes into the biggest contest of his burgeoning career at a wave that he knows so well.

The latest Webisode is the fifth in a series that includes an overview of the Billabong Pro J-Bay, the thoughts of South African surfing superstar Jordy Smith, former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons’ take on the event and the ‘greening’ initiatives being implemented to highlight awareness of climate change and minimize the environmental impact.

The www.billabongpro.com website features heaps of content including background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of all the action during the event using multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, real-time scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the internationally renowned Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. The event is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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