JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Tuesday, July 14, 2009) – With clean, consistent three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves steaming through Jeffreys Bay this morning, competition has been called on for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, with the first heats hitting the water at 7:45am.
Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay is running the new competition format, featuring elimination man-on-man matches from the outset, with yesterday seeing the completion of Round 1 as well as the opening two heats of Round 2.
“We’re sending Curren and Occy out there right now for the Clash of the Icons, starting around 7:15am and then we’ll be straight into Round 2,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “We’ve got some nice waves this morning, but the consistency isn’t quite there to call on the dual-heat system for now. We’ll monitor conditions and if it seems viable, we’ll pull the trigger.”
Some of the season’s most highly-anticipated match-ups are slated for today’s Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay action.
Current ASP World Title contenders Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, will take on Heath Joske (AUS), 20, Sean Holmes (ZAF), 31, and Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, respectively during Round 2, while Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, will battle 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Nic Muscroft (AUS), 26, and free-surfing wunderkinds Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, and Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, will meet for the first time this year.
Up first this morning will be current ASP World No. 15, Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, against Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, in Heat 3 of Round 2.
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REMAINING BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heath Joske (AUS)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Sean Holmes (ZAF)
Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 14: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Chris Ward (USA)
Heat 15: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 16: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)