The Billabong Pro J-Bay is bringing the world’s top-ranked professional surfers to the renowned waves of Jeffreys Bay in July for the 26th time since it became an ASP rated event. Scheduled for 14 to 24 July the surf event will again be staged at Supertubes, the 300 metre stretch of coastline universally acknowledged as one of the planet’s top 10 high-performance surf breaks.
South African’s top surfer and defending event champion Jordy Smith will be looking to defend his win here from last year, and amongst the field of top surfers in South Africa’s wildcard Sean Holmes (Cape Town), conqueror of both Slater and the late Andy Irons (HAW) on his way to fifth place last year. The second wildcard goes to the winner of the VonZipper Superheat (a five-man encounter held on the first day of the event), featuring South African rising stars Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), international contenders Granger Larson (HAW) and reigning ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS), along with Shaun Payne (St Francis Bay), winner of the Xcel Pro Showdown at Supers.
This year also sees three days of major music talent happen together with the world-class surfing action. The Billabong Pro Music Festival runs Friday to Sunday, 15 to 17 July, at the Jolly Dolphin, featuring a line-up of 14 top SA bands including the likes of Aking, City Bowl Mizers, P.H.Fat, Jack Parow and Hot Wasabi (fronted by the legendary Steve Walsh).