Lay Day At J-Bay; No Slater In Sight

The current ASP World Tour points leader Adriano De Souza speaks at the Billabong Pro J-Bay press conference.

The current ASP World Tour points leader Adriano De Souza speaks at the Billabong Pro J-Bay press conference.

Lay Day For World’s Best In South Africa At Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Thursday, July 14, 2011) – The Billlabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Event No. 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, has called a lay day today with only inconsistent, two-foot (0.5 metre) waves on offer for the world’s best surfers.

Where's Kelly Slater? Here's the 10X World Champion in Fiji yesterday...a long way from J-Bay but never rule him out. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Where's Kelly Slater? Here's the 10X World Champion in Fiji yesterday...a long way from J-Bay but never rule him out. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Noticeably absent was three-time Billabong Pro, J’Bay winner, Kelly Slater (USA). Surfing’s biggest name has been chasing giant waves in Fiji and while his attendance has been confirmed, it is doubtful if he will arrive in time for his Round 1 heat that is predicted to run tomorrow.

A no-show does not rule Slater out of the event entirely. He will get a second chance via the repechage, but it certainly make things easier for the two competitors who have drawn the 10-time world champ in Round 1, Brazilian Alejo Muniz (BRA) and local wildcard winner, Shaun Payne (ZAF).

“The surf has started filtering in this morning but it’s still too slow and inconsistent so we’ve called competition off for the day,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’re hoping it will fill in a bit more over the next day or two and we’ll get a start for Round 1. We’re also hoping the current high pressure system we’re experiencing we’ll break up to allow more swell activity in the coming days. We’ll be back tomorrow morning to check things out.”

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

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be webcast LIVE via billabongpro.com

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BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Cory Lopez (USA)
Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adam Melling (AUS), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), TBA
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
ASP World Title Event No. 4 of 11
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
July 14 – 24, 2011