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World class surfers head to Jeffreys Bay in South Africa to ride-out the legendary ‘supertubes’ this July.

Rated seventh in the world, Jordy Smith will be returning to his favourite wave in the world, ‘supertubes’ in Jeffreys Bay. [quote]I love surfing at Jeffreys Bay…I spent so much time surfing there when I was younger, and it always feels good to come back to J-Bay – Jordy Smith.[/quote]

Jordy Smith Jeffreys Bay South Africa Billabong ProPhoto©ASPKirstenScholtz. South African surfer Jordy Smith has won the Billabong Pro J Bay for the last two years, becoming the 2nd person in surfing history to hold the J Bay trophy back to back.

This year the contest is an ASP 6-Star event, opening up the tournament to a wealth of local South African talent, along with the top ranked World Championship Tour surfers such as John John Florence and fourth-ranked Adriano de Souza. ‘Supertubes’, a 300 metre stretch of racetrack walls and cavernous hollow cylinders is universally acknowledged as one of the planets top 10 high performance surf breaks.

With ZAR 1.2 million prize money at stake, the competition is scheduled over a 5-day window period to allow for selection of the best big-swell waves. “This year is going to be another year of amazing competitive surfing at the Billabong Pro,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. For those able to make the mission up South Africa’s east coast, the Billabong Pro is renowned for its wild beach parties and live music lineup.

This video clip of Jordy Smith winning his first ever Billabong Pro J Bay in 2010, provides a little teaser of what you can expect from this year:

When: The wave-waiting period is scheduled for the 10th – 15th July, 2012.

Where: Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Contact: For Jeffrey’s Bay tourist information, tel. +27 (0)42 296 2563, web.

Billabong Pro Sean Holmes J Bay South Africa

Photo©ASPKirstenScholtz. South African surfer Sean Holmes rides ‘supertubes’ in Jeffrey’s Bay.

*Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has exited the ASP World Tour to become an ASP 6 star event in 2012, for more info visit ASP*

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I’m Holly - born and raised in the rural British Counties, my mother began life on a sugar farm in Zululand. After reading Anthropology at university in London, working for a political activist filmmaker in India, and doing a short stint under the bright lights of Bollywood – I decided it was time to return to the motherland. To earn a crust in the name of wanderlust, I finished up a post grad in media and hotfooted around South Africa as a freelance travel journalist.