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Billabong Pro starts at J-Bay

2011-07-15 10:44
Billabong Pro underway (File)
Jeffreys Bay - The world’s best surfers were sent to work in glassy one to 1.3 metre (3-4 foot) waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay on Friday morning when contest director Eric Stedman got Round 1 of the R3 million Billabong Pro J-Bay underway at 07:30.

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Despite the continued cloudless skies and windless conditions generated by the unseasonable high pressure system dominating the Southern tip of the continent, the predicted swell arrived on cue and Stedman had no hesitation in sending the first of the 12 heats in the opening round into the water soon after dawn. He also put Round 2 on standby for a possible start this afternoon.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2011, predict that the current contestable swell from the southwest will drop slightly during the day and on Saturday before getting bigger again on Sunday. Swell conditions are likely to be small for the first half of next week but the prognosis for next weekend has improved.

BILLABONG PRO J-BAY - ROUND 1:
H1: Tiago Pires (PRT), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Cory Lopez (USA)
H2: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
H3: Jadson Andre (BRA), Taj Burrow (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA)
H4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)
H5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adam Melling (AUS), Sean Holmes (ZAF)
H6: Kelly Slater (USA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Shaun Payne (ZAF)
H7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
H8: Owen Wright (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)
H9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)
H10: Damien Hobgood (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)
H11: Michel Bourez (PYF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
H12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
 

South Africa's Jordy Smith in action at Jeffreys Bay (ASP World Tour)

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