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News provided by ASP World Tour on 12 July 2005

Get on line now, folks, as the Billabong Pro is on the go!

With a pink sun peeking over the horizon and a 1 to 1.2 metre (3 to 4 foot) swell pushing through the scenic Jeffreys Bay arena, organisers of the Billabong Pro have pushed the button for a round one start.

Despite the waves being slightly wind affected due to the side shore “Devil Winds” the surfers are pumped to take the water for the main event, which will begin at 9am local time.

The Billabong Pro, the sixth on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour, has a total of 48 surfers competing over four rounds, quaterfinals, semifinals and finals.

Round one, which organisers are hoping to complete today, consists of 16 three-man heats. First place will progress through to round three while second and third are placed into round two, which is affectionately known as “the losers round”.

From round two onwards surfers compete in a man on man format where the two best waves caught in the 30-minute heats are totalled to determine the winner.

Graeme Stapleberg, former ASP judge now Vice President of Billabong USA spoke with emotion about the location during the morning’s pre-event opening ceremony where surfers and media were treated to some high energy dancing from local school kids.

“Jeffreys Bay is truly one of the wonders of the surfing world,” he said. “This event is a special event and one which all the surfers make a special effort to attend.”

Swell predictions indicate that waves will pump for the next few days. The competition has a waiting period from today July 12 to July 22.

All the action from the Billabong Pro will be streamed live during the event on the Internet at through webcasts that are being touted as the best ever produced for surfing events. These productions include three camera angles, live commentary in four languages, live scoring, replays of rides, a fan club and email messages from around the planet broadcast over the event PA system and the web.

For the full draw and results head to


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