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BILLABONG PRO ROUND TWO CALLED OFF FOR THE DAY
News provided by ASP World Tour on 15 July 2006
Organisers of the Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay have called another lay day today as the swell pushing across the famed “Supertubes” section of the famed righthand point has abated slightly and become inconsistent.
Feeling that there were not enough waves on offer to accommodate the heats of the high standards on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour, Contest Director Mike Parsons has instead called for the Foster’s Expression Session to hit the water, beginning at 10am local time.
“We’ve been waiting and watching the swell to see if there is any increase in consistency,” said Parsons. “But at this stage we felt that there isn’t enough waves in a standard heat time period to allow two surfers to get sufficient waves. For both the surfers and the spectators, who want to see the guys catch as many waves as possible, the Expression Session was the way to go.”
The round two heat draw is possibly one of the most talent filled ever with the top five Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour seeds all being relegated to the backup round yesterday. (After round one, first place goes straight to round three, second and third go to round two.)
The draw from heat one to 16 is littered with the biggest names of the sport with none other than defending Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay champion Kelly Slater (USA) up against wildcard Stirling Spencer (USA) in heat one.
Seven-time world champion Slater actually missed his heat yesterday due to him being in transit on his way to the famed location.
And getting his feet wet in an early free surfing session this morning he looked to be in fine form as he scored numerous lengthy barrels.
Following on from Slater in heat two will be last years event runner-up and three-time world champion Andy Irons (HAW) who will take on fellow countryman Roy Powers).
Irons, despite locking in a perfect 10 yesterday, was shoved into round three by Danny Wills (AUS) who scored amazing 19.20 out of a total of 20.
As mentioned above, today’s focus will be on the Foster’s Expression Session.
The Sessions take place at each Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour event and are basically a “free for all” where no less than 16 surfers hit the water at the same time and are encouraged to go for futuristic manoeuvres.
There are no penalties for falling in the Sessions and there are no rules. The best of the best can simply go out and have fun.
The person who lands the best manoeuvre and the best overall wave are awarded cash prizes.
Stay tuned to www.billabongpro.com or www.aspworldtour.com for all the LIVE action and event updates.
Round Two Heat Draw:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Stirling Spencer (USA)
Heat 2: Andy Irons (HAW) vs Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs Pedro Henrique (BRA)Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 6: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 7: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 8: Tim Reyes (USA) vs Marcelo Nunes (BRA)
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 10: Cory Lopez (USA) vs Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fred Patacchia (HAW) vs Pancho Sullivan (HAW)
Heat 13: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs Michael Lowe (AUS)
Heat 14: Mark Occhilupo (AUS) vs Chris Ward (USA)
Heat 15: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs Jake Paterson (AUS)
Heat 16: Trent Munro (AUS) vs Troy Brooks (AUS)