Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

billabong pro jeffreys bay Billabong J-Bay ASP surf event South AfricaEvery July thousands flock to Jeffreys bay to watch the top 45 surfers in the world weave there magic and compete for the crown of the asp billabong pro j bay. This event marks the half way stage on the asp (association of surfing professionals) world tour. Held annually and travelling to Australia, Tahiti, Brazil, Fiji, Indonesia, Europe, South Africa, and ending in Hawaii with one eventual world surfing champion. The Jeffrey’s bay event is the only event held in Africa making it a show case for the whole continent to the surfing world. Held over a 12 day waiting period but needing only 4 days of actual competition the billabong pro is perfect for spectators and the pro surfers alike enabling the organisers to pick the best days to hold the event in j bays epic surf.

First held in 1981 and called the Beach hotel classic then the Country feeling classic in 84 won by Mark Occhilupo getting $2500 prize money beating some of the biggest names ever to visit j bay like Shaun Thomson, Simon Anderson, Martin Potter, Derek Ho, Mark and Gavin Spowart, Derik Hynd and even SA women’s champ Wendy Botha many still visit the legendary waves of Jeffreys today. Since then new names have come along and clamed the crown of super tubes taking them on to win world titles sutch as Kelly slater, Mick Fanning, Andy Iorns as well as other great champions like Joel Parkinson, Taj burrows all keeping the crowd on the edge of there seats till the final wave . Missing only two years 1985 and 1986 j-bays surfing event has earned its formidable reputation and promises to deliver a worthy champion time and time again.

 

Supertubes J-Bay

supertubes j-bay Billabong pro South Africa Billabong JBay surf SASupertubes have been labeled as one of the best right hand point breaks on mother earth. Originally discovered by young hippies in the 60’s, then made famous by the movie, Endless summer, that was shot on location in Jeffrey’s Bay. Surfers came down for summer holidays and camped out in their old VW’s, surfing Supers during the day and chilling around the camp fire at night. Things since then changed; these days JBay is a popular holiday destination and Supertubes belong to the locals who only surrender during June/July, making space for the Billabong pro. Surfers now stay at local backpacker hostels like the awesome Island Vibe Backpackers or Island Vibe Flashpackers.

   

Billabong pro event

billabong pro event jeffreys bay ASP surf event South AfricaThe Billabong Pro draws thousands of visitors during the three week event. Spectators gather on the pavilion specially constructed on the lawn overlooking Supertubes where they have a bird’s eye view over the line up. The event is weather dependant and heats can be announced on very short notice. On the “off” days, spectators and surfers flock to other attractions like the famous world’s highest bungy, just a short drive from Jeffreys. Evenings are highlighted by socializing with friends at pubs and around bomb fires.
   

Past Billabong Pro champs

past billabong pro champs South Africa Kelly Slater Jeffreys Bay2008: Kelly Slater
2007: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2006: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2005: Kelly Slater (USA)
2004: Andy Irons (HAW)
2003: Kelly Slater (USA)
2002: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2001: Jake Paterson (AUS)
2000: Jake Paterson (AUS)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Munga Barry (AUS)
1996: Kelly Slater (USA)
1984: Mark Occhilupo (AUS)