The Billabong Pro J-Bay, will bring the world’s top professional surfers to Jeffreys Bay in July for the 25th time since it became an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) rated event back in 1984.
Scheduled for 15-25 July, the event will again be staged at Supertubes, universally acknowledged as one of the planet’s top 10 high performance surf breaks.
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(Above: Jody Smith will be gunning for Kelly Slater and aiming to become the 2010 Billabong Pro title holder)
The stellar field for the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is headed by Kelly Slater (USA) who grabbed the lead on the ASP World Title Race rankings after event No. 3 in Brazil in April. Slater, the only surfer to have his name etched on Billabong Pro J-Bay perpetual trophy four times, will be aiming to ward off the challenge of arguably the most talented group of surfers ever assembled as he bids for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title.
South Africa’s surfing superstar and current ASP No. 2 Jordy Smith heads the chasing pack along with reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning, defending Billabong Pro champion Joel Parkinson and previous event winners Taj Burrow (all Australians) and Andy Irons (HAW).
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(Above: Kelly Slater is the number 1 ranker surfer in thew world going into the Billabong Pro. Jordy Smith (SA) is lying second.)
The 48 man field also includes South Africans Travis Logie and wildcards Sean Holmes (Cape Town) and 19 year-old Shaun Joubert, while the third wildcard will go to the winner of the Von Zipper Super Heat contested by Xcel Pro winner Ryan Payne, fellow St Francis Bay standout Dale Staples and two rising international stars.
The eyes of the surfing world will be firmly fixed on Jeffreys Bay from 15-25 July as hundreds of thousands of surf fans worldwide log millions of page impressions while following the fortunes of their favourite surfers.