Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (Jeffreys Bay)
Billabong Pro J-Bay is Stop No 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Tour Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa which features the World's top 32 ranked surfers. This R3 million event is Africa's only stop on the ASP World Tour which determines surfing's annual men's world champion.
The 26th edition of the continent's most prestigious surfing event will again be staged at Supertubes, the 300 metre stretch of coastline universally acknowledged as one of the planet's top 10 high performance surf breaks.
The stellar field for the 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay, arguably the most talented group of surfers ever assembled, includes 10-time and reigning ASP world Champion Kelly Slater (USA); South African superstar and defending event champion, Jordy Smith; former two-time world and event champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and previous Billabong Pro J-Bay champions Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow (both Australians).
Throw in the progressive manoeuvres of Dane Reynolds (USA), the precocious talents of Owen Wright (AUS), Michel Bourez (TAH) and 2010 runner-up Adam Melling (AUS), add established stars like current ASP World Tour No. 1 ranked Adriano de Souza (BRA), the Hobgood twins - 2000 world champion CJ and 2009 J-Bay runner-up Damien - along with fellow American Bobby Martinez and spectacular surfing performances are guaranteed to light up the waves at Supers.
The 36 man field also includes South Africa's 'uber-wildcard' Sean Holmes (Cape Town), conqueror of both Slater and the late Andy Irons (HAW) on his way to fifth place last year. Holmes' uncanny affinity with the waves at Supertubes has wrecked the title hopes of so many of the top contenders over the years.
The second wildcard goes to the winner of the VonZipper Superheat, a five-man encounter held on the first day of the event featuring South African rising stars Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Dale Staples (St Francis Bay); international contenders Granger Larson (HAW) and reigning ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS) along with Shaun Payne (St Francis Bay), winner of the Xcel Pro Showdown at Supers.
All the action will be covered via webcasts featuring live scoring, expert commentary and interviews, video footage with multiple camera angles, slow-motion replays, video on demand highlights of previous heats and online competitions with valuable prizes.
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