Hopes to finish Billabong JBay tomorrow ahead of bad weather

With extremely severe weather conditions predicted for this weekend organisers of the Billabong Pro J-bay are hoping to finish tomorrow. “There is some bad weather approaching, but we just don’t know exactly when it’s going to hit,” contest director, Luke Egan, commented. “We’re going to stick to our plan and start off early tomorrow morning, and just surf for as long as we can. We might be able to finish tomorrow, but it will be tight.”

St Francis Bay’s Dale Staples  advanced into Round 5 of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today. In Round 3 Staples took the heat win with a heat total of 16.17 points (out of a possible 20.00) over international competitors Conner Coffin (USA), Brett Simpson (USA) and Jesse Mendes (BRA). In Round 4 Staples had the crowd cheering as he set another winning heat total of 13.33 to defeat Maxime Huscenot (FRA) and Ola Eleogram (HAW) to advance into Round 5.  ©ASP/Cestari

Today saw 10 straight hours of serious competition with some incredible surfing performance and some mishaps. Sean Holmes (ZAF) was the first guy to feel the power of the swell, breaking a board in his first heat of the day, getting a new board and breaking the fin off that one in a deep and critical barrel. “That was such a good wave, and I was confident that I was going to get a good barrel,” said Holmes of that wave.

“I got into the barrel and was driving off the bottom, when I just felt my fin go and I went down.” Sean continued to surf well on some new equipment, before finally losing to Mitch Coleburn (AUS) in the round of 16.

Defending Champion Jordy Smith (Durban, South Africa) (pictured), current ASP World Tour #8 advanced into Round 5 of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today.
In Round 3 despite damaging his surfboard on his first wave Smith managed to pull together the score he needed in the final 30 seconds, a heat total of 12.06 points (out of a possible 20.00) to defeat Lincoln Taylor (AUS), Jay Quinn (NZL) and Blake Thornton (AUS) and advance into Round 4.  In Round 4 Smith again suffered the misfortune of breaking his surfboard but with his backup and the final 30 seconds of the heat secured a high scoring ride to finish in second with a heat total of 17.90 and advance into Round 5 where he will surf against Joan Duru of France when competiton resumes tomorrow. Photo: ASP/ Cestari

With such good waves on offer there was some great surfing, including a record four 10-point rides during the day for Jordy Smith (ZAF), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Olamana Eleogram (HAW) and Ezekial Lau (HAW). “I was ready for that wave,” said Jordy of his ten-point ride that consisted of a series of critical turns and tube rides all the way down the 300 meter-long pointbreak. “I managed a couple of cracks on the outside and the wave set up nicely on the inside for that barrel.” Jordy has been experiencing phenomenal crowd support, that erupted over his ten-pointer. “I could hear all the cheering and the vuvuzelas from the water,” said Smith. “It really gets you pumped to hear all the support, so thanks to all the fans and supporters out there.”

St Francis Bay local surfer Dale Staples (ZAF) had a most successful day, winning heats and advancing all the way to the round of 16, where he will meet up with John John Florence. “I’m feeling so good at the moment,” said Dale on his day’s performance. “I’ve just been treating the event like a free surf, and I just want to keep going, and hopefully build up some points for next year.”

John John Florence (Oahu, Hawaii) (pictured), current ASP World Tour #5 advanced into Round 5 of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today.
In Round 3 Florence defeated Ola Eleogram (HAW), Shaun Joubert (RSA) and Nat Young with one of the mornings highest heat totals, an 18.60 points (out of a possible 20.00).
In Round 5 Florence placed second to Aritz Aranburu (EUK) narrowly defeating Conner Coffin (USA) by 0.16 of a point with a heat total of 15.16 to that of 15.00 set by Coffin and advancing into Round 5 where he will surf against Dale Staples (RSA) when competition resumes tomorrow.
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Heavily bearded Australian Heath Joske (AUS) also impressed with a stylish soul arch on a perfect wave, punctuated by some huge turns and barrel rides. ” I was just having so much fun out there,” said Joske with a grin. “The waves were so good for that heat.” Joske eventually lost to Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau in the round of 16.

Adriano de Souza (Brasil) (pictured), current ASP World Tour #4 advanced into the Quarter Finals of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today.
In the mornings Round 3 deSouza placed second to Mitch Coleborn (USA) with a heat total of 11.37 points (out of a possible 20.00).
In Round 4 deSouza posted a heat total of 17.10 to place second behind Sean Holmes (RSA) and advance into Round 5 where he defeated Nate Yeomans (USA) with a heat total of 17.20 setting up a Quarter Final against Coleborn when competition resumes tomorrow.
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