High drama and excellent scores were the order of the day as rifling six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) surf poured through South Africa's most iconic lineup for Rounds 2 and 3 of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.
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Round 1 and the opening two heats of Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay were completed today in clean three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at the legendary South African pointbreak, with the world’s best surfers reveling in the opening day of competition.
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The world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers will be heading for the renowned waves of Jeffreys Bay in July for the 24th edition of the Billabong Pro, Stop No.5 of 10 on the 2009 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour and the first South African surfing event to make a concerted effort to reduce its impact on climate change.
Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater (Coco Beach, USA) has trumped Australian Mick Fanning (Coolangatta, AUS) to win the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay for the fourth time.
The 36-year-old Floridian was on fire as the Supertubes break turned on mind blowing 2.5m waves in early heats before deteriorating rapidly throughout the afternoon.
Both surfers struggled in the opening stages of the 35-minute final, before Slater pounced on a clean inside wave to rack up an 8.50 score. A series of uncharacteristic falls by reigning world champ Fanning left the door wide open for Slater who capitalised with an 8.23 late in the match.
His combined two wave total of 16.73 to Fanning's 9.40 was enough to clinch his fourth event victory for the year and extend his lead on the ASP World Tour Ratings.
After four days without waves, the famed right hand point break of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa has roared back to life for rounds three and four of the Billabong Pro world tour surfing event. Top seeded surfers were in devastating form as Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson all progressed through. Other impressive performances came from South African tour rookie Jordy Smith, Hawaiian Fred Patacchia and Brazilian Adriano De Souza. Check the event LIVE and all the heats on demand on BillabongPro****
Best waves on tour in two years. It’s a big call, but it came out of the lips of more than one tour surfer during the course of today. J-Bay turned on all time 4-6ft waves for round one of the Billabong Pro and you would be hard fought to wipe the smile off some of the competitors on day one.
Taylor Knox went mad with a near perfect 19.70 score, Parko scored a 10 and lost, Taj pulled into two monster pipes on the one wave for a 9.93, Slater made it through easily and Fanning was in fine touch. Watch it all LIVE on BillabongPro****
The famed surf break of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa has continued to serve up epic swells for round two of the Billabong Pro. Long lines and hollow tubes were on the menu as the top seeded surfers blasted their way back into the winners round three at the world tour event.
World number two Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta, AUS), world number eight Andy Irons (HAW) and world number 10 Bobby Martinez (USA) all avoided elimination with impressive victories over wildcard opponents. South African Jordy Smith, Brazilian surfer Heitor Alves and Aussies Kai Otton, Luke Munro, Dayan Neve and Tom Whitaker also racked up solid wins. Check out www.billabongpro**** for all the heats on demand and live action.
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Another day of unbelievable waves at Supertubes revealed itself to the remaining competitors in the Billabong Pro J-Bay this morning, and the sets poured down the point for 10 straight hours of serious competition.
"Supertubes" in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa continues to live up to its name, with a second consecutive day of perfect two-to-2.5 metre waves on offer for the world's top surfers competing in the Billabong Pro
Jordy Smith wins his first ASP Tour Stop on his home turf in South Africa and sets himself in the lead of the 2010 ASP World Tour Ranking.
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Surfing dolphins clip from the 2003 BBC "Wildlife on One" episode Dolphins: Deep Thinkers, narrated by David Attenborough. The educational clip narrates that the maintenance of social bonds in complex animal societies such as dolphins and humans may be the explanation for why both dolphins and humans exhibit "play" behaviors into adulthood and full maturity. Footage is from Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. AFAIK this special was never broadcast in the United States.
Check out the BBC's website often for the full video, as press reports have indicated they will put all their full programs online.