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STOP START AFFAIR AT BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY
News provided by ASP World Tour on 18 July 2006
Organisers of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay sent out the last heat of round two this morning but due to extremely inconsistent conditions plaguing the heat, round three was called off for the day.
With forecasts indicating that a decent swell will arrive towards the end of the week, and with only two full days needed out of the four remaining in the waiting period to complete the event, organisers will assess conditions again at first light tomorrow.
The only heat run today was that of round two, heat 16 in which Trent Munro (AUS) accounted for Troy Brooks (AUS).
It was an extremely slow affair with very few quality waves pushing through in the allotted time frame, although Munro grabbed the upper hand when he locked in a 7.50 on a freak wave.
Since running the heat the ocean has gone almost dead flat.
The full round three heat draw is available below and given that a large chunk of the highest ranked surfers on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour were knocked out in round two, going down to rookies and underdogs alike, the remainder of the proceedings will prove to be very interesting indeed.
With currently ranked world number two Andy Irons (HAW) and world number three Bobby Martinez (USA) going out in yesterday's round and with Damien Hobgood (USA) withdrawing due the birth of his first child, it opens up the door for Kelly Slater (USA) to extend his ratings lead.
A good result for Taj Burrow (AUS), Taylor Knox (AUS) or Joel Parkinson could also see them leapfrog their foes back into the top three.
Five of the current top 10 ranked surfers are out including Irons, Martinez, and Hobgood plus CJ Hobgood (USA) and Bruce Irons (HAW).
Stay tuned to www.billabongpro.com or www.aspworldtour.com for all the updates.
FOSTER’S ASP MEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS LEADING INTO THE BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 4233 points
2. Andy Irons (HAW) 4140 points
3. Bobby Martinez (USA) 40008 points
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 3650 points
4. Taylor Knox (USA) 3650 points
6. Damien Hobgood (USA) 3542 points
7. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3052 points
8. CJ Hobgood (USA) 2896 points
9. Bruce Irons (HAW) 2884 points
10. Tim Reyes (USA) 2843
Remaining round two heat completed today:
Heat 16: Trent Munro (AUS) 12.00 def Troy Brooks (AUS) 5.40
Round three heat draw:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 2: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 3: Trent Munro (AUS) vs Adrian de Souza (BRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 5: Phil Macdonald (AUS) vs David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 6: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) vs Peterson Rosa
Heat 7: Nathan Hedge (AUS) vs Mick Lowe (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Sean Holmes (ZAF)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF)
Heat 10: Paulo Moura (BRA) vs Pancho Sullivan (HAW)
Heat 11: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 12: Danny Wills (AUS) vs Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 13: Taylor Knox (USA) vs Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 14: Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) vs Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 15: Tim Reyes (USA) vs Pedro Henrique (BRA
Heat 16: Mark Occhilupo (AUS) Raoni Monteiro (BRA)