The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2012 is just around the corner and local surfers will have the opportunity to compete in the downscaled event for the first time in over a decade.
This year the contest is an ASP 6-Star event, opening up the tournament to South African surfers , who will make up the bulk of the entrants. The event organizers are expecting a full house of 144 entries into the JBay contest.
Rated seventh in the world, Jordy Smith will be retuning to his favourite wave in the world, Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, to try and get his hat-trick of wins at this event.
“I love surfing at Jeffreys Bay,” said Jordy. “I spent so much time surfing there when I was younger, and it always feels good to come back to JBay.”
Joining Jordy will fifth-ranked John John Florence, fourth-ranked Adriano de Souza, and twenty-ninth ranked surfers Damien Hogbgood and Pat Gudauskas.
The South African contingent includes the legendary Frankie Oberholzer and the nemesis that is Sean Holmes, as well as surfers like Greg Emslie, Davey Weare and Warren Dean who can also totally dominate at Supers on any given day.
There is also the young crew of surfers like Dylan Lighfoot, Jack Freestone, Beyrick De Vries, Steven Sawyer and Mikey February who are all hungry for results.
The dates for the event this year are the 10th – 15th July, and the venue is Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.