Small Surf Forces Competition Off at Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Friday, July 10, 2009) – Competition has been called off once again at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay with only small two-to-three (1 metre) waves on offer at the iconic pointbreak.
Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has opted not to run this morning due to inconsistent conditions, but improved swell models are providing a better outlook for the coming days.
“There’s not much on offer this morning so we’ve called competition off,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “The swell models we’ve been tracking have moved a bit more south so we could have waves as early as tomorrow.”
The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has the option to run either the traditional or new competition formats, as well as utilize the overlapping heats system for either. Event organizers will determine which format they will use in accordance with the conditions.
Yesterday saw the completion of the VonZipper Trials, where Devyn Mattheys (ZAF) Heath Joske (AUS) and Torrey Meister (HAW) were victorious in their three respective heats, earning wildcard berths into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.
The other two wildcards have been awarded to Shaun Holmes (ZAF), 31, and Ryan Payne (ZAF), 26.
The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay runs through July 19, 2009.
Event organizers will meet tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tim Boal (FRA), Michael Picon (FRA)
Heat 2: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Jay Thompson (AUS), Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS), Marlon Lipke (DEU)
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Chris Ward (USA), TBA
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Dustin Barca (HAW), TBA
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), TBA
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Tim Reyes (USA), TBA
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Dayyan Neve (AUS), TBA
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA), Heitor Alves (BRA), Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Chris Davidson (AUS), David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 13: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 14: Taylor Knox (USA), Jihad Khodr (BRA), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 15: Mick Campbell (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA), Drew Courtney (AUS)