Wildcard Sean Holmes into Round 3 of Billabong Pro J’Bay


South African Sean Holmes again justified his reputation as the ‘uber-wildcard’ by eliminating current World No. 4 Jadson Andre from Brazil to progress to Round 3 when the Billabong Pro J-Bay got underway in 3-4 ft offshore waves at Supertubes this morning.

Sean Holmes will face up to Kelly Slater in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro. Photo: ASP

In a tightly contested encounter Holmes led from start to finish, counting scores of 6.0 and 7.50 to outpoint the young Brazilian who won the last stop on the ASP World Tour in his home country in May. The victory sets Holmes up for a highly anticipated clash with current World No. 1 and 9 x ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the next round.

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It is a perfect day at Supetubes Jeffreys Bay.

“Certainly, any heat in this competition can be difficult,” Holmes commented on his heat against Andre. “Even though Jadson hasn’t had a lot of experience here he’s still an excellent surfer. “

 “I’ve been looking for the barrel for the past two heats but the conditions haven’t really been conducive to it. Of course I prefer it to be a bit bigger as it suits my surfing better. Conditions permitting, it looks like I may have another heat today so I’ll be focusing on that one before I get too far ahead of myself.”

Well known local shaper Paul Jeggels celebrating his birthday at the Billabong Pro with his son Daniel.

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