Slater And Irons Knocked Out By Wildcard Holmes At J-Bay

Sean Holmes just took out two guys with twelve combined World Titles. Is there a more dangerous wildcard in the world? We think not. Photo: English

Sean Holmes just took out two guys with twelve combined World Titles. Is there a more dangerous wildcard in the world? We think not. Photo: English

Big names fell hard today down at Jeffrey’s Bay during the 2010 Billabong Pro. First it was Sean Holmes taking care of Kelly Slater, despite lower back problems. Holmes then sent Andy Irons packing the very next round. His patience and know-how at Jeffrey’s Bay go unmatched. If he can keep this rhythm going he’ll finally take the J-Bay crown home, which is just down the road.

The in-form goofyfooter of the event, Bobby Martinez, suffered a loss today in Round 3 at the hands of rookie Adam Melling. This left the door wide open for the likes of Matt Wilkinson (whose fast, down-the-line approach with reversing tailblows took care of Freddy P), Owen Wright, and Damien Hobgood as remaining goofyfoots. Wilko and Owen were taken care of in Round 4 though, but Damo took down reigning World Champ Mick Fanning, who had been consistently putting up huge scores. Damo now awaits a quarterfinals match-up with the winner of Adam Melling vs. Dusty Payne.

Taj Burrow and Jordy Smith appear to be the men to beat, along with Holmes. When things resume it will be an action-packed quarterfinals and beyond to crown this year’s Billabong Pro Jeffrey’s Bay winner.

Stay tuned for much more from Jeffrey’s Bay as one of the most exciting surf contests unfolds. You can watch the event live at billabongpro.com/jbay10 and get all your updates on transworldsurf.com.

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Taj Burrow unleashing on an innocent J-Bay wall. Photo: English

Taj Burrow unleashing on an innocent J-Bay wall. Photo: English

Jordy Smith is looking like the man to beat at J-Bay this year. Photo: English

Jordy Smith is looking like the man to beat at J-Bay this year. Photo: English

Kelly put up a solid heat against Holmes and almost had him with a buzzer beater, that is before Holmes answered back in the dying seconds. Photo: English

Kelly put up a solid heat against Holmes and almost had him with a buzzer beater, that is before Holmes answered back in the dying seconds. Photo: English

Owen Wright's deadly run finally came to a halt in Round 4 against Bede Durbidge. Photo: English

Owen Wright's deadly run finally came to a halt in Round 4 against Bede Durbidge. Photo: English

According to photog Jack English Andy Irons and the water photographer had a bit of a bump in during Andy's heat against Sean Holmes. Andy wasn't very happy about it. Photo: English

I didn't witness it, but apparently Andy Irons and the water photographer had a bit of a bump in during Andy's heat against Sean Holmes. Andy wasn't very happy about it. Photo: English

Reigning World Champ Mick Fanning knows the importance of a big result at J-Bay, especially with Kelly now eliminated. Photo: English

Reigning World Champ Mick Fanning knows he missed an opportunity for a big result at J-Bay, especially with Kelly now eliminated. Photo: English

Mick Fanning slicing through a J-Bay wall. Photo: English

Mick Fanning slicing through a J-Bay wall. Photo: English

Dane has a big match-up with Taj Burrow in the quarters. Photo: English

Dane has a big match-up with Taj Burrow in the quarters. Photo: English

Andy was in form in both his heats today. But Sean Holmes has his number at J-Bay and eliminated him once again. Photo: English

Andy was in form in both his heats today. But Sean Holmes has his number at J-Bay and eliminated him once again. Photo: English

The photogs housing had clipped Andy's board and surely distracted Andy the rest of the heat. Photo: English

The photogs housing had clipped Andy's board and surely distracted Andy the rest of the heat. Photo: English

Despite lower back problems Sean Holmes was still able to take down both Kelly and Andy. Just another day at the office of J-Bay for Mr. Holmes. Photo: English

Despite lower back problems Sean Holmes was still able to take down both Kelly and Andy. Just another day at the office of J-Bay for Mr. Holmes. Photo: English

Simpo's surfing definitely fit J-Bay pretty well. Photo: English

Simpo's surfing definitely fit J-Bay pretty well. Photo: English

Brazilian Adriano de Souza took care of Ace Buchan in Round 4 but now faces Jordy Smith in the quarterfinals. Photo: English

Brazilian Adriano de Souza took care of Ace Buchan in Round 4 but now faces Jordy Smith in the quarterfinals. Photo: English

Bede Durbidge will have his hands full in the quarters against Sean Holmes. Photo: English

Bede Durbidge will have his hands full in the quarters against Sean Holmes. Photo: English

Mick and Karissa Fanning keeping warm in the South African morning chill. Photo: English

Mick and Karissa Fanning keeping warm in the South African morning chill. Photo: English

Tahiti's Michel Bourez. Photo: English

Tahiti's Michel Bourez. Photo: English

AI. Photo: English

AI. Photo: English

Timmy Reyes. Photo: English

Timmy Reyes. Photo: English

The final heat of Round 4 will be a battle between two rookies who need big results: Adam Melling (shown here) and Dusty Payne. Photo: English

The final heat of Round 4 will be a battle between two rookies who need big results: Adam Melling (shown here) and Dusty Payne. Photo: English

Timmy Reyes and Garth Tarlow of O'Neill. Photo: English

Timmy Reyes and Garth Tarlow of O'Neill. Photo: English

Taj Burrow keeping to the pocket and looking to climb back up the ratings with Slater eliminated. Photo: English

Taj Burrow keeping to the pocket and looking to climb back up the ratings with Slater eliminated. Photo: English

Simpo surfed well and certainly helped his cause to stay on Tour with the Round 4 result. But when you draw Dane at J-Bay it just ain't fair. Photo: English

Simpo surfed well and certainly helped his cause to stay on Tour with the Round 4 result. But when you draw Dane at J-Bay it just ain't fair. Photo: English