Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 2 Finished in Clean Conditions, Forecast Looks Good
Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay was completed this morning in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at South Africa's famed righthander before conditions deteriorated this afternoon, prompting event organizers to put the contest on hold until tomorrow morning.
The fourth stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has selected the very best conditions to run in during the waiting period and the swell forecast is shaping up for an exciting finish.
Michel Bourez (PYF), 25, took top honors today, netting the event high single-wave score (a 9.30 out of a possible 10) and heat total (a 17.07 out of a possible 20) with some ferocious surfing on his forehand. Appearing fully recovered from a serious injury sustained at the last event in Rio de Janeiro, Bourez will look to continue his momentum when competition resumes.
'That was a really good heat for me,' Bourez said. 'My Firewire is working really well. I've been riding it since I arrived in J-Bay and it seems to get better with each surf. It was an important heat for me. I've been building confidence since my injury in Rio and I'm hoping to break through Round 5 at this event.'
Bourez will take on Tiago Pires (PRT), 31, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.
Damien Hobgood (USA), 32, former Runner-Up at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, shook off the cobwebs from a lackluster Round 1 heat to take down powerbroker Taylor Knox (USA), 40, in this morning's Round 2 bout.
Heitor Alves (BRA), 29, flew the South American flag high today, belting Jeffreys Bay's roping walls on his backhand to dispatch of aerial maestro Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 25, in Round 2 of competition.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, are calling for a solid SSW swell to continue to build through the weekend.
When competition resumes, up first will be Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, against Daniel Ross (AUS), 28, in Heat 1 of Round 3.
Highlights from the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be available via http://www.billabongpro.com
REMAINING BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 7: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.00 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.00
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.07 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.03
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.00 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.80
Heat 10: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.90 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.84
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.23 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.43
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.20 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.70
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)