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VID: Billabong Pro J-Bay finals highlights

Posted by: on July 17th, 2009
Billabong Pro J-Bay 2009 finals highlights

Billabong Pro J-Bay 2009 finals highlights

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VID: Billabong Pro Round 1 highlights

Posted by: on July 16th, 2009
Billabong Pro video highlights from Jeffreys Bay round 1

Billabong Pro video highlights from Jeffreys Bay round 1

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Billabong Pro Tahiti Opens Up With Explosive Elimination Round 1

Posted by: on May 10th, 2009

 

 

Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, punctuated an exciting opening day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti pres. by Air Tahiti Nui, collecting the highest heat total of the day in his Round 1 win over 2009 ASP World Tour rookie Nathaniel Curran (USA), 24. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, punctuated an exciting opening day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti pres. by Air Tahiti Nui, collecting the highest heat total of the day in his Round 1 win over 2009 ASP World Tour rookie Nathaniel Curran (USA), 24. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Saturday, May 9, 2009, Sunday in Australia) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, got underway this morning, with the world’s best surfers contesting the first 14 heats of the elimination, man-on-man Round 1 in pulsing four-to-six foot (2 metre) barrels on offer at Teahupoo.

 

Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 19, took today’s top honors as he displayed sensational form for his Round 1 win over 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Nathaniel Curran (USA), 24. The Australian exhibited a preternatural rapport with the ledging Teahupoo lefthanders, netting an excellent 9.00 out of a possible 10 single-wave score en route to the highest heat total of the day (a 17.00 out of a possible 20).

 

“I just try to position myself well and try to get the set waves or rather the best one in the set,” Morrison said. “Just try to read it right and get deep in the tube. The secret is actually not taking off at the peak, but a little behind the peak so that you can edge into it. Just take off and hold on – that’s all you can do.”

 

In addition to putting up the biggest scores of the day, Morrison also entertained the throngs of spectators in the channel with the most spectacular wipeout of the round, a late drop to cart-wheeling inside the tube before being blasted towards the shallow reef.

 

“That wave was probably pretty funny from the channel,” Morrison said. “It was a bit of a late drop and I should have came more over my front foot, but I was on my backfoot and did a few summersaults in there. Fortunately, I was pretty deep and didn’t hit the bottom.”

 

Recovering from a devastating hip injury that saw Morrison sit out the last several events of the 2008 ASP World Tour season, the progressive natural-footer is on the mend and looking to claw himself back to the top of the ASP Top 45 ratings. Despite a disappointing equal 33rd place finish at the opening event of the season, Morrison has since rebounded, collecting an equal 9th at the second event before putting in today’s sterling performance.

 

“My recovery has been pretty good,” Morrison said. “The last few months, that’s been my main focus, rehabbing. It’s been hard work, but it’s been worth it. I still don’t feel like I’m surfing at 100%, but I am getting there and I feel like I’m getting stronger every day.”

 

Andy Irons (HAW), 30, former three-time ASP World Champion, is on sabbatical from full-time competition this season, but accepted a wildcard into the Billabong Pro Tahiti, where the powerful Hawaiian dispatched of Brazilian Jihad Khodr, 25, convincingly, netting an impressive 8.67 out of a possible 10 for a sizzling backhand pit

 

The win feels good,” Irons said. “It’s been four months since I put a jersey on and it still fits. Surfing fun-sized Teahupoo with one other guy out, there’re no complaints. I’m stoked to get through and looking forward to the next one.”

 

Irons, a past winner at the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2002), will face last year’s ASP World Tour Runner-Up Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in Round 2 when competition recommences.

 

“It’s going to be really hard against Bede (Durbidge),” Irons said. “He is a really focused competitor. I’m not worried though. I’m not here competing for points or anything like that. I’m just here having fun and I’ll be stoked to surf against him.”

 

Heiarii Williams (PYF), 22, Von Zipper Trials winner and wildcard in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, continued his devastating roll today, ousting 2009 ASP World Tour rookie and current ASP World No. 9, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 23, in Round 1 of competition.

 

“The Hawaiians just gave me that nickname, “Master”, and I’m pretty happy to get through that heat and I hope to keep going,” Williams said. “I just feel natural out there. It’s great for me because all the locals are here in the channel, screaming my name and it makes me feel really comfortable.”

 

Williams will take on current ASP World No. 1 Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Kai Otton (AUS), 29, current ASP World No. 19, eliminated defending Billabong Pro Tahiti winner Bruno Santos (BRA), 26, from competition in a hard-fought Round 1 battle. The two goofy-footers went toe-to-toe in one of the more exciting heats of the day, with Otton besting the Brazilian 14.40 to 12.60.

 

“I knew I was going to have a wildcard heading into this event and I wasn’t sure who, but you just have to stick to your game plan and not worry about it,” Otton said. “Fortunately for me, I was able to get the better of Bruno (Santos) on a few waves and I’m extremely happy. I think you can tell which waves are going to be really hollow – they’re thicker and they stand up on the reef a bit more. Those are the ones you’ve got to get. It was a big heat for me and I’m really pleased to get through.”

 

Otton will face Taylor Knox (USA), 37, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition resumes.

 

Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie and the first German national to ever contest at the elite level of surfing, finally found his feet today, posting his first ever ASP Dream Tour win over fellow rookie Drew Courtney (AUS), 30.

 

“I haven’t had the best season on tour yet but I’m learning.” Lipke said. “I think being on my forehand here helps a lot. I have never been here before, but we have some pretty hollow waves in Europe and Portugal that I’ve been able to train on and I’ve been to the Mentawais a few times so that has helped with my reef surfing.”

 

Lipke’s bold forehand approach saw the young goofy-footer collect strong scores of a 7.17 and a 7.83, blending excellent wave sense and tube knowledge with aggressive carves and top turns, as he advanced into Round 2.

 

“It’s beautiful,” Lipke said. “I think the swell is coming in Easterly so it’s not perfect, but the ones that come through are outstanding. It’s an incredible thing to be here at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, getting barreled and advancing through my heat.”

 

Lipke will face standout ASP Dream Tour veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition recommences.

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7am start.

 

When competition resumes, up first will be Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, up against 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Heat 15 of Round 1.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for the current fetch of Southeasterly swell to continue to increase throughout tomorrow with variable winds.

 

Highlights from today’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui are available at www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Tim Reyes (USA) 3.90 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 3.23

Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) 16.00 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.97

Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) 17.00 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 8.40

Heat 4: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 12.10 def. Chris Ward (USA) 10.56

Heat 5: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 15.00 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 5.90

Heat 6: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.57 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.67

Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 13.10 vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.16

Heat 8: Heiarii Williams (PYF) 14.17 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 5.70

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.40 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 12.60

Heat 10: Andy Irons (AUS) 14.50 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 4.77

Heat 11: Dustin Barca (HAW) 10.94 def. David Weare (ZAF) 6.77

Heat 12: Jay Thompson (AUS) 14.00 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 4.37

Heat 13: Tim Boal (FRA) 7.24 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 6.93

Heat 14: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.03

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 16: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA) 

Parkinson Leads ASP Top 45 into the Jaws of the Billabong Pro Tahiti

Posted by: on May 8th, 2009

 

 

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, will look to further cement his ratings’ lead at the 2009 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. Photo: ASP/ CI/ WILSON via GETTY IMAGES

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, will look to further cement his ratings’ lead at the 2009 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. Photo: ASP/ CI/ WILSON via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Thursday, May 7, 2009) – The 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui is days away from commencing with the world’s best surfers descending upon the tiny town of Teahupoo at ‘the end of the road’ for Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, running from May 9 – 20, 2009.

 

This year’s event will run the new format, seeding all competitors directly into man-on-man elimination heats, with the Top 16 seeded directly into Round 2 while the remaining surfers battle it out in Round 1.

 

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, has been in devastating form this season, collecting two wins in two events with an eye on an inaugural ASP World Title. The phenomenal natural-footer has demonstrated incredible focus thus far and is the frontrunner heading into Tahiti.

 

“The difference this year has been my understanding of what it takes to get the best out of myself and then my desire to do what it takes,” Parkinson said. “Making sure that every day, I am better prepared than what I was the day before and that preparation is specific to each contest that I compete in.”

 

Parkinson’s recent results at the Billabong Pro Tahiti have been impressive, netting equal 3rd place finishes in 2007 and 2008, establishing himself as a legitimate contender at Teahupoo.

 

“I do feel like over the years I have become more familiar with the wave and whilst Teahupoo is never predictable, it is reassuring to know that I have done the work here before.” Parkinson said. “I am excited to go back there this year and build on my results from the last two years.”

 

Despite his excellent results this season and his solid track record at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Parkinson is wary of the many challenges he’ll face as the world’s best surfers angle for a result in Teahupoo’s ledging lefthanders.

 

“I think everyone will be in the mix for a win,” Parkinson said. “Remember, it is only the third event so everyone is still keen to do well – myself included. But on an individual side of things, the wildcards will be sure to shake things up like they have the first two events. Andy Irons will be challenging for the title. And of course Mick (Fanning) will be a threat because he is the best surfer right now and probably the hungriest.” 

 

Parkinson is seeded directly into Round 2, where he’ll meet one of the advancing surfers from Round 1.

 

Fred Patacchia (HAW), 27, current ASP World No. 3, has been in sizzling form this season, racking up a 9th and a 3rd in his first two events on the ASP World Tour before collecting an impressive win at the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Prime 6.0 Lowers Pro in Southern California over the weekend.

 

“I’ve been really focusing on my backhand surfing,” Patacchia said. “My first couple years on tour, I felt like my backhand attack wasn’t good enough. I’d go into a heat feeling negative and defeated. This year, I’m feeling confident and more prepared. I’ve made some slight changes with my boards and that’s made a big difference. No big plans for Tahiti, just pull in deep and come out. Not much to it.”

 

Patacchia came as close as runner-up in Tahiti in 2006, but the young Hawaiian is keen to improve his personal best at the infamous lefthander in hopes of maintaining a solid footing in the ASP World Tour ratings.

 

“I love getting shacked,” Patacchia said. “Tahiti is one event I’d love to win. I don’t necessarily feel comfortable, but I know for a fact I feel more comfortable than most of the Top 45. I’d love to break into single digits. I’m sick of getting second. I want to win an event.”

 

Patacchia is seeded directly into Round 2, where he’ll meet one of the advancing surfers from Round 1.

 

Bruno Santos (AUS), defending event champion who surfed from the trials to the title in 2008, will join former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), 30, and Von Zipper Trials Winner Heiarii Williams (PYF) as wildcards in the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Santos, Irons and Williams will face Kai Otton (AUS), 29, Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25, and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 23, respectively in Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are tracking a head-high Southwest swell for the upcoming weekend before a stronger system moves into place early the following week.

 

The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui boasts a waiting period from May 9 through May 20, 2009.

 

The event webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)

Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)

Heat 4: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 5: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 8: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 10: Jihad Khodr (BRA) vs. Andy Irons (AUS)

Heat 11: David Weare (ZAF) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)

Heat 13: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)

Heat 14: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 16: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA

 

Slater One Heat Away from 9th World Champ after Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2008

 

 

Slater airs his way to a Round 1 win and is one step closer to ASP World Title No. 9.

Slater airs his way to a Round 1 win and is one step closer to ASP World Title No. 9.

 

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008) – Kelly Slater (USA) needs to finish ninth or better in the ninth of event of the year to win his ninth ASP World Title. He’s one heat away from doing so after scoring a 9.00 and a 7.33 to win his Round 1 heat at the Billabong Pro Mundaka back-up venue of Sopelana today.

Slater’s 16.33 heat total was the second highest of the day; easily trumping the single digit totals of his opponents Taylor Knox (USA) and replacement surfer Reubyn Ash (GBR). He advances straight to Round 3 with the result.

“Where I surfed, the waves were better,” Slater said. “I had more options. I couldn’t really hear the scores, but once I did I could tell that Taylor was kind of struggling. Then I found a right with a nice open face and a big air section and that was my 9.00.”

Slater came extremely close to clinching the 2008 ASP World Title in France last week. In doing so, he would have secured his 40th ASP World Tour win at the same place he won his first—in Hossegor. It would have also been the earliest he, or anyone else, had ever won a world title.

Just one good-scoring wave away from overtaking Adrian Buchan (AUS) in their French final bout, Slater came up short and had to settle for second place and a trip to Spain. Being so close to the inevitable is taking its toll on the eight-time ASP World Champion.

“I hadn’t really thought about it that much until I was out there in the water but I don’t want to deal with the emotions of worrying about it anymore,” Slater said. “I just want to try to win one more heat and get it done.”

There is only one scenario that stands in the way of Slater clinching in Spain – him failing to advance from Round 3 and World No. 2 Taj Burrow (AUS) subsequently winning the event.

While Slater seems squarely focused on the next heat, Burrow has his eyes on the Billabong Pro Mundaka title. Burrow top-scored today with a 16.34 heat total.

“I just want to win an event and this one would be great,” Burrow said. “It seems like there is a lack of motivation from everyone on tour, people are going home, they’re over it – it just feels like it is over with Kelly wrapping up the title. I’m just trying to capitalize on that and win these things.”

Two-time defending Billabong Pro Mundaka champion Bobby Martinez (USA) is also looking to capitalize on the low morale to strengthen his position in the Top 10 and go for his third consecutive Mundaka crown. He beat Ben Dunn (AUS) and wildcard Mark Occhilupo (AUS) in Round 1 today.

“For me it’s different,” Martinez said. “I am still pretty new to this tour – I am not going to give up, I’m not going to quit just because Kelly is going to win the title. I still want to do my best. People where I come from don’t get the opportunity to do this kind of stuff and I have so I’m going to take it and run with it as far as I can. As much as people are over it after watching Kelly win all the time, I look at it like there are kids where I come from who have nothing and this is something big for me.”

Replacement surfers Eneko Acero (EUK) and Nic Muscroft (AUS) advanced from their Round 1 heats today. Acero, who was only invited to participate in the event last night when another replacement surfer had to withdraw, sent World No. 4 Adriano de Souza (BRA) and high profile rookie Jordy Smith (ZAF) to Round 2. Muscroft beat Pancho Sullivan (HAW) and the winner of the last event, Adrian Buchan (AUS).

Muscroft, who is the first alternate ASP replacement surfer after narrowly missing full-time ASP World Tour qualification last year, has competed in six events this year. His convincing heat win over Buchan and Sullivan today is his first ASP World Tour heat win this year.

“That’s surfing for you, anyone can win the heat,” Muscroft said. “It’s so even so that’s why I’ve thought all year that I’ve been in with a chance. I’ve had some good heats, I’ve just been unlucky here and there, so it feels good to get through one finally. I’ll just take this year as experience. It’s been tough because I haven’t been at every event so maintaining focus is hard, but hopefully I get a crack again next year.”

Muscroft is currently rated 24th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) – the top 15 surfers on that series qualify for the ASP World Tour at year’s end.

Brazilians Heitor Alves and Jihad Kohdr advanced straight to Round 3 today. Kohdr, who is rated World No. 41 at the moment, must make a huge leap on the ratings to requalify via the ASP World Tour.

“I’m so stoked,” Kohdr said. “It’s hard to make a heat when you’re one of the last guys on the ratings. I’m so happy to take the win. It looks like a Brazilian beach break. There’s a lot of paddling, a lot of waves and a lot of white water.”

France’s Miky Picon and Portugal’s Tiago Pires will join Acero as Europeans avoiding Round 2. Australians Mick Campbell, Tom Whitaker, Dan Ross, Daniel Wills and Kieren Perrow are also into Round 3.

For more info visit: www.aspworldtour.com and www.billabongpro.com.

 

Billabong Pro Mundaka Round 1 Heat Results:

Heat 1: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.70, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.83, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.00

Heat 2: Mick Campbell (AUS) 13.17, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.93, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 8.37

Heat 3: Nic Muscroft (AUS) 16.00, Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 12.00, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.00

Heat 4: Roy Powers (HAW) 10.00, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.93, Manoa Drollet (PYF) 5.03

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.84, Ben Dunn (AUS) 14.00, Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 8.50

Heat 6: Eneko Acero (EUK) 13.16, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.27, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.93

Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.60, Tim Reyes (USA) 10.66, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 5.33

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.33, Taylor Knox (USA) 6.16, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 3.50

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.34, Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.00, Marco San Segundo (EUK) 11.27

Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.00, Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 12.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6.43

Heat 11: Daniel Ross (AUS) 15.00, Luke Stedman (AUS) 14.17, Jay Thompson (AUS) 8.00

Heat 12: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 12.56, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 11.94, Chris Ward (USA) 10.76

Heat 13: Mikael Picon (FRA) 15.00, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 14.34, Dayyan Neve (AUS) 13.67

Heat 14: Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.67, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.40, Travis Logie (ZAF) 5.87

Heat 15: Daniel Wills (AUS) 14.83, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.00, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 6.60

 

Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.00, Luke Munro (AUS) 8.23, Royden Bryson(ZAF) 7.10

 

 

Billabong Pro Mundaka Round 2 Heat Match-ups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Reubyn Ash (GBR)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Marco San Segundo (EUK)
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Txaber Trojaola (EUK)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Hodei Collazo (EUK)
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 6: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 7: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Ricky Basnett (ZAF)
Heat 8: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 9: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 11: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 13: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)
Heat 14: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 15: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 16: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)

VIDEO :SLATER WINS JEFFREYS BAY 2008 : FINAL DAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by: on July 20th, 2008
Slater wins - again

Slater wins - again

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VIDEO :: JEFFREYS BAY :: DAY 7 HIGHLIGHTS :: Round 3

Posted by: on July 17th, 2008

Finally! J-bay turns on with overhead peeling waves.

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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

See highlights videos on RealSurf.tv

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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