Many of the world’s leading surfers, including South African superstar Jordy Smith, will be in action at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro when it returns to Willard Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July.
A favourite stop among the world’s touring professional surfers, this year’s event will see 96 competitors from 18 countries compete for a lucrative R2.7-million ($250 000) prize-purse and critical ratings points for those hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2015.
Californian Dane Reynolds, widely regarded as the one of the world’s most exciting surfers, has confirmed his entry into this year’s event where he is sure to be a crowd-puller with his aerial mastery and go-for-broke approach.
Locals will have plenty to cheer about with perennial world title contender Jordy Smith and experienced World Tour campaigner Travis Logie, the top two South Africans, featuring in this year’s classy line-up.
With two podium finishes under his belt at the Mr Price Pro, Logie is always a title contender, but he is well aware of the intense competition that the event attracts.
“The level is up there with the best of them,” Logie, who recently sent shockwaves through the surfing world when he eclipsed Hawaiian John John Florence at the Quiksilver Pro in Australia, said in a statement last week.
“The Mr Price Pro is definitely one of the toughest ASP Prime events as so many of the top surfers love surfing in Ballito. I really want to win the event as I’ve come so close so many times that every year I become more determined to win it.”
Logie and Reynolds share the same apparel sponsor, Quiksilver, and he agreed that “Reynolds is arguably the best surfer in the world. He can blow minds in any type of surf and is fun to watch because he’s so unpredictable. It’s really going to be exciting to see Dane back in SA.”