Will Kelly Slater be able to defend the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2008 title? 

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.

Supertubes, the 300 metre stretch of coastline universally acknowledged as one of the planet’s top 10 high performance surf breaks, will again be the venue for what has become Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing tournament.

Scheduled for 9-19 July, the 11-day window period allows organisers to select the best possible conditions to guarantee spectacular action during the three days of competition required to determine the champion.

Billabong is taking another step on its environmental sustainability journey by utilising the immense interest in the event to heighten awareness of local and global surf communities to the challenge of climate change, and how we all need to become part of the solution

"At the 2009 Billabong Pro it’s not just the waves at Supers that will be green, we will be making sure our event is too,” says Peter Nicholson, Marketing Manager for Billabong South Africa. “Together with our partners Cleaner Climate we’ve calculated our carbon footprint and have identified and implemented numerous green initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the event.”

These initiatives include using renewable energy, biodegradable food and beverage containers and paper not plastic bags along with waste and wetsuit recycling. The remaining emissions will be offset using Kyoto compliant carbon credits to ensure that the 2009 Billabong Pro is a low carbon, climate friendly event. More about climate change and what it means to surfers can be found at cleanerclimate.com/billabongpro"

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Jordy Smith will be the Ambassador of the 2009 O’Neill Cold Water Classic in South Africa 

It started in a remote corner at edge of the world where the Southern Ocean pounds the isolated Tasmanian shoreline. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series then moved up to the northern town of Thurso in Scotland for its perfect but freezing reef breaks.

The southernmost and northernmost events in professional surfing brought together exploration and competition within the depths of nature.

And now come the wilds. Cape Town with its selection of treacherous waves around the Cape Peninsula under the towering cliffs of the Table Mountain Range, is home to the third stop on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series.

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Jose Rommel Souza

It is with great sadness that we are hearing that one of our members, Jose Rommel Souza may have been on Air France Flight 447.

Rommel was a brilliant surfer, much loved and active member of the club.

He joined several years ago, and straightaway made a huge impact, amongst other things joining a core group of big wave surfers within the club.

He would regularly chase waves all over Europe and the World at a moments notice.

Our heartfelt thoughts, and deepest sympathies go out to his family and the ones he loved at this difficult time.

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