Jeremy Flores: the Euro boys are doing well

The iconic South African pointbreak delivered three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves to the opening round of the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. The fourth stage of the 2011 ASP World Tour got underway without Kelly Slater, Bobby Martinez and Dane Reynolds.

The home boy, Jordy Smith, was the man of the day. He scored the highest heat total of the day (a 16.87 out of a possible 20) as well as the highest single-wave score (a 9.00 out of a possible 10) to win his first heat against Adam Melling and wildcard Sean Holmes.

"They both got really good waves and I had to make do with what was left. It’s not classic J-Bay, but even when it’s like this, it’s still a pretty good wave", said Smith.

"I don’t really feel the pressure to perform," Smith said. "I’ve got my little program here with my friends and I’m just focusing on getting waves and surfing well. I’m happy to be through to Round 3."

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The Surfer: we are stoked

"The Surfer" video game will be released for PC and Playstation 3, between October 2011 and March 2011. Bungarra has announced that this surfing game will be the closest thing to being on a surfboard.

The game features a new cast of hardcore surfers, over-the-top levels as well as dynamic in-game cameras that capture and deliver the most authentic surfing videogame experience to date. "The Surfer" delivers the feel of surfing through innovative controls, authentic cameras and incredible levels. Watch a pre-alpha trailer of the surfing game.

"Our game offers an arcade based surfing paradise for both surfers and gamers in search of the definitive authentic surfing video game experience," says Andrew West, Development Director at Bungarra Software.

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Dane Reynolds: enjoying life far from South Africa

Dane Reynolds will not be showing off his impressive surfing skills at the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa. The Association of Surfing Professionals has confirmed that Reynolds has withdrawn from the event.

No further explanation has been given, as he is yet to participate in a surf contest in 2011. Cory Lopez will fill Reynolds' spot.

"If I can make two heats here, it will help my position on the World Ranking," Lopez told the ASP. "I'll probably be borderline after that, and three heats, I'd probably be pretty sweet". A good result means a place in the Top 32 of the One World Rankings.

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