SLATER SETS PACE AT J-BAY

Posted by: on July 17th, 2008


Heading into the business end of the Billabong Pro.
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

Stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

July 10–20, 2008

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JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa — Kelly Slater (USA), professional
surfing’s most decorated athlete, showed no signs of slowing
down in Jeffreys Bay today. The eight-time ASP World Champion and
current ratings leader blitzed in both his Round 3 and Round 4
Billabong Pro clashes.

Slater defeated Travis Logie 19.14 to 12.06 in Heat 8 of Round 3 before
beating Tom Whitaker 18.03 to 10.67 in the last heat of the day.

“The waves just came in in that heat,” Slater said.
“Tom had a few good ones, but I ended up getting the one big
long one with a lot of sections on it. I think I got about eight turns
in and then got that little tube at the end. Sometimes you just will
your way into certain things and believe it’s going to happen
and it does.”

Slater will now meet current World No. 4 Adriano de Souza in
Quarterfinal 2.


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Kelly Slater throws some spray en route to the quarterfinals.

“Adriano gets it done,” Slater said.
“He’s learned a lot over the past couple of years
and he’s been impressive out here. He’s been really
fast and throwing a lot of spray, and doing a lot of turns, so
I’m definitely not going to underestimate him.”

Slater’s closest competition, Joel Parkinson (AUS), relished
a narrow victory over fellow Australian Kai Otton in the first heat of
Round 4.

“Kai needed an 8.2, he got an 8.1 and he lost by
.1,” Parkinson said. “A win is a win. I think I was
kind of lucky in a way, but it’s a good result for me. My
goal was to lift a little; I felt like I had another notch in me and
going into tomorrow everyone is going to be surfing really
well.”

Parkinson is currently rated World No. 2. With Slater still in
Billabong Pro contention Parkinson knows he has to keep the pace. He
will face World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) in Quarterfinal 1.

“You can’t really slack off at any point now
because Kelly has got such a lead,” Parkinson said.
“I pretty much have to win all my heats so I’ll try
that. I can’t really do anything about what he does, but
hopefully come some point toward the end of the yea, I’m
still there with a chance.”

Defending Champion Taj Burrow (AUS) beat South African Royden Bryson in
Round 3 and has yet to surf Round 4 – only heats one through
four of that round were run today. Burrow will meet another South
African in Jordy Smith in Heat 7 of Round 4.

“Jordy is a tough heat for sure,” Burrow said.
“He’s gotten better and better and he’s
got the local crowd behind him and he knows this wave so it will be
good.”

Burrow beat Smith in the semifinals of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
in 2006 when Smith was surfing the event as a wildcard. As the sole
South African remaining in the event, both Smith and the local crowd
will be looking for revenge.

“I lost to Taj a couple of years ago, so hopefully we get the
waves and we’ll see what happens,” Smith said.
“I’d love to get him back but Taj is surfing
really, really well.”

France’s Jeremy Flores will meet three-time ASP World
Champion Andy Irons (HAW) in the last heat of Round 4. Both surfers
escaped elimination by advancing out of Round 3 today.

“Andy is one of my favorite surfers and I’ve looked
up to him since I was a little kid so having a heat with him is a
pleasure,” Flores said. “If I win I’ll be
so happy, if I lose it will be kind of normal so I just have to do my
best!”

Twenty heats of competition were run in the four to six foot (two
metre) conditions on offer today. Only 11 heats of the Billabong Pro
remain.

The first heat in the water when Round 4 resumes will be Heat 5
featuring reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning and Hawaiian Bruce
Irons. A former winner at JBay, Fanning seems unfazed by his current
7th place rating and is instead concentrating on the second half of
2008.

“I’m surfing good,” Fanning said.
“I’ve just had one bad result this year, so
that’s a good base for me for the rest of the tour and I
really enjoy the second half of the year.”

Round 4 Results:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.33 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 8.56

Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.44 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 15.17

Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.33 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 5.84

Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.03 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.67

Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.87 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 7.63

Heat 2: Roy Powers (HAW) 12.34 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 11.33

Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.00 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.00

Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.00 def. Daniel Wills (AUS) 11.50

Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.83 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 5.40

Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 10.67

Heat 7: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.47 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.17

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.14 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.06

Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50 def. Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.16

Heat 10: Bruce Irons (HAW) 9.50 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 8.33

Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.20 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 6.50

Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.50

Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.34 def. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 11.16

Heat 14: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.17 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 8.73

Heat 15: Andy Irons (HAW) 10.50 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.66

Heat 16: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.00 def. Chris Ward (USA) 12.07

Round 4 Match-ups:

Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)

Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 8: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)

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