After nearly seven weeks since the last stop in Brazil, the ASP World Title season is poised to reignite with the upcoming Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay from July 14 – 24, 2011.
Event 4, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay recommences what is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing World Surfing Title races in several years.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, has had an incredible season thus far in 2011, posting back to back equal 3rds before an emotional hometown victory at the last event in Brazil.
The young natural footer now sits in the leader spot in the hunt for the 2011 ASP World Title, the first time in history that a South American has been in this position.
“The win in Brazil was a very good feeling,” de Souza said. “To have all those people on the beach, all that energy, it was a magical moment”.
Wasting little time during the post Brazil break, de Souza spent his time training in Sumatra and the Maldives before a knee injury cut his time short.
Despite reaching the Quarterfinals of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay on three separate occasions (2007, 2008, 2010), de Souza has never managed to advance through it, something he hopes to remedy this season.
“I’ve been going to J’Bay since I was a kid and I’ve always liked the place,” de Souza said.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, winner of the second stop of 2011 at Bells Beach, currently sits in the No. 2 spot in the hunt for the 2011 World Title. Parkinson’s April victory in Bells Beach marked the first in 18 months for the stylish natural footer, and planted him firmly back in the race for this year’s title.
Local support will be firmly behind Jordy Smith, the winner of the 2010 Billabong Pro. Smith wowed the South African crowd who pitched up in numbers to cheer their man to victory at Supertubes.
The Round 1 draw will be finalized upon the completion of the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito.