Dayyan Neve 

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will commence this morning at 7:30am in clean three-to-five (1.5 metre) surf at South Africa’s iconic pointbreak.

Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has seen the ASP Top 45 survive through four consecutive lay days, but today’s improved conditions will have the world’s best surfers in the water.

“We’ve got the ning of what could turn into a really good day of waves out there this morning and we’ll be getting underway at 7:30am,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “Recent swell projections have prompted us to activate the new competition format so we can make the most of the conditions on offer, but we will not be running the dual-heat tem today.”

The new ASP competition format will see man-on-man, elimination heats from the outset of competition this morning, resulting in a day of dramatic match-ups.

First up this morning with be 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Tim Boal (FRA), 26, up against compatriot Michael Picon (FRA), 30.


Jadson André 

Brazilian Jadson Andre ripped on this Saturday at ASP WQS 6-Star Maresia Surf International, the stylish goofy-footer’s now placed atop the ratings in the hunt for the ASP WQS Tour title and qualification for the prestigious ASP World Tour. Andre grabbed first place from Australian Daniel Ross after winning two heats and advancing to tomorrow’s Quarterfinals.

This cold Saturday had heavy storm weather and strong winds with two-to-three foot (0.5-1 metre) waves. WIth surfers needing to find the best waves to advance, the new ASP WQS leader, Brazilian Jadson Andre was on fire in the waves of Mole Beach at Florianopolis.

"I try do not think too much in the rankings right now," Andre said. "I’m just so stoked. I had the best heat so far in the event and that is what I want, surf heat by heat, do the tactics right and get some waves to reach the Final."

Andre also preferred not to comment about the qualification to the ASP World Tour for 2010.

"This is my main goal, but I don’t want to think about that right now because we got only half of the year and a lot of things can happen," Andre said. "I do not want to repeat mistakes that many have done and lose my position in the last events, so let’s take this to the end of the year."

Andre and another three Brazilians advanced to the Quarterfinals, which will open Sunday’s decisive day of the Maresia Surf International in Santa Catarina State. The experienced and ex-top surfer Brazilian Neco Padaratz and two other talents of the new generation Miguel Pupo and Gabriel Medina. Neco who already won two events, sponsored by Maresia Surfwear, will face Jadson on the Quarterfinal 4.


Jordy Smith 

Small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range has forced another lay day for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, it’s fourth consecutive in as many days into the waiting period.

Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has yet to commence competition, and with swell opportunities dwindling, event organizers are leaning towards utilizing the new competition format to capitalize on conditions available.

“No surf on offer today at Jeffreys Bay so competition has been called off,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Contest Director, said. “We’re still expecting some good surf tomorrow and by the look of things, we’ll be running with the new format. We have the option to run dual heats and will assess the conditions before making a decision on that.”

The opening day of the waiting period saw the completion of the VonZipper Trials, where Devyn Mattheys (ZAF) Heath Joske (AUS) and Torrey Meister (HAW) were victorious in their three respective heats, earning wildcard berths into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

The other two wildcards have been awarded to Shaun Holmes (ZAF), 31, and Ryan Payne (ZAF), 26.

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay runs through July 19, 2009.