Billabong Round 3 event still on standby

Twenty four top surfers are still in contention at the Billabong Pro at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, though they are all on standby, owing to dismal surfing conditions yet again.

Since 8 am today event orgnisers have been checking the waves almost hourly to determine whether surfing conditions have improved

The next call to decide whether to restart the event will be at 1.45 pm today.

The all South African Round 3 clash between current ASP No. 2  Jordy Smith and ASP No. 45 Travis Logie illustrates these different priorities. Smith’s stunning opening round performance at Jeffreys Bay last Friday has installed the 23 year-old as a firm favourite to defend the Billabong Pro J-Bay title he clinched last year and to move strongly into contention for the 2011 ASP crown.

 Logie, 32, did not requalify for the Dream Tour at the end of 2010 and having already advanced to Round 3 after the fortuitous start he got here as a replacement for Kelly Slater, the Durbanite will be determined to continue his charge and add to the 1 750 points he is already guaranteed at this stage of the event and to force his way back into the top 32.

 There are a host of other similar pressure-filled match-ups on the cards and the world’s best surfers will be fully motivated to produce their best at Supertubes when competition restarts.