Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
Every 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.