Billabong Pro J-Bay Celebrates 25th Year

Billabong Pro J-Bay World’s Best Surfers Return To Africa For 25th Year

(Tues 15th June 2010): The Billabong Pro J’Bay, Africa’s most prestigious surfing event, will see the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers return to the renowned waves of Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay for 10 days in July.

American surfing legend Kelly Slater (Fl. USA) leads the ASP world ratings heading into the event that in 2010 will be celebrating its 25th year.

Supertubes is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s best surf breaks and Slater has won there four times previously. Another win will position the 39 year-old American perfectly for an unprecedented 10th World Title.

Chasing Slater is a stellar field including defending event champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), former event winner Taj Burrow (AUS) and local superstar and current world rated no. 2 Jordy Smith (ZAF).

Add established stars such as 2009 finalist Damien Hobgood (USA), fellow American Bobby Martinez, the progressive Dane Reynolds (USA), precocious rookies Jadson Andre (BRA) and Owen Wright (AUS) along with a host of other top contenders and spectacular surfing performances are guaranteed to light up the waves at Supers.

The 48-man field also includes three local wildcards; two of which have been awarded to Sean Holmes (Cape Town) and 19 year-old Shaun Joubert, while the third will go to the winner of the Von Zipper Super Heat consisting of Ryan Payne, fellow St Francis Bay standout Dale Staples and two rising international stars.

Billabong will again utilize the immense interest in the event to heighten awareness of local and global surf communities to the challenge of climate change. Greening initiatives at the Billabong Pro will include using renewable energy, biodegradable food and beverage containers, paper instead of plastic bags, bio-diesel fuel and an event-recycling program.

The 2009 Billabong Pro was recognized by the South African Parliament who passed a motion congratulating the organizers on making environmental conservation a top priority. More about climate change and what it means to surfers can be found at www.cleanerclimate.com/billabongpro

For those unable to attend the event, Billabong’s award winning production team will stream a live webcast via www.billbabongpro.com/jbay10.

The webcast will feature multiple camera angles, live scoring, slow-motion replays, video on demand highlights and interviews. The webcast is available in English and Portuguese.

Stand by for further webisode updates and links over coming days and weeks leading into the event.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor.