BILLABONG PRO J-BAY : Event underway as Supertubes produces the goods on Day 1
Contest director Mike Parsons had no hesitation in getting the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2010 underway at 7.30am this morning as the predicted 2 to 2.5 metre swells poured down the revered Supertubes point in Jeffreys Bay at first light, setting the scene for an epic opening day of competition featuring the world’s best surfers in event No. 4 of 10 on the ASP World Tour.
First up was the VonZipper Superheat, where rising junior star Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) defeated fellow and J-Bay local Ryan Payne and international Billabong team riders Keanu Asing (HAW) and Heath Joske (AUS) to win the coveted third and final wildcard directly into the main event.
Heat 1 of Round 1 in the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2010, featuring ASP Dream Tour stalwart and current World No. 16 Taylor Knox who takes on Australians Luke Munro and Adam Melling, is now in progress.
Round 1 winners progress directly to Round 3 while the second and third placed competitors are reseeded into the cutthroat, man-on-man Round 2 heats from which the winner advances to Round 3 and the loser is eliminated from the event in equal 33rd place.
Top seeds Kelly Slater (USA), Taj Burrow (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS) and South Africa’s Jordy Smith come up in Heats 7 to 10 and organisers expect to finish all 16 heats in the opening round today.
All the action at the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2010 can be followed as it happens via the webcasts at www.billabongpro.com which provides half-a-dozen camera angles, expert commentary in English and Portuguese, real-time scoring, slow motion replays and video on demand facilities that enable you to go back and watch every wave surfed in the event, alongside a plethora of background information, event previews, images and interactive competitions.
This content is also available live on your mobile phone at www.asptogo.com or download the iPhone application ASP ToGo from www.apple/itunes
Live television coverage is provided on the Fuel TV channels of Top TV in South Africa and in Australia (available to FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers), Portugal, Poland, Germany and France! Highlights specials will be screened in Australia, USA, Brazil!
The status of the event can be accessed via the event Hotline – 0860 11 2010 – which is updated twice daily at 8am and 1pm.
The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay has a waiting period that runs from 15-25 July and is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor
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