What: Billabong Pro, Stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour
Where: Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
When: 10 – 20 July 2008
The eyes of the surfing world will be firmly fixed on Jeffreys Bay during July as the world’s best surfers go to work on the universally renowned waves during the $320,000 Billabong Pro, the fifth of 11 events on the 2008 ASP World Tour.
Supertubes, the venue for the 24th edition of what has become Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing tournament, is unanimously acknowledged as one of the planet’s top 10 high performance surf breaks.
Add the talent of the world’s 45 highest ranked surfers, including 8x World Champion and current run-away ratings leader Kelly Slater (Florida), reigning World Champion Mick Fanning, defending event champion Taj Burrow (AUS) and former 3x World Champion Andy Irons (Hawaii), and some top-notch surfing is guaranteed.
The Billabong Pro has an 11 day waiting period – from July 10 to 20 – but only requires four full days of competition to determine a champion, giving the organisers the luxury of being able to choose the best possible conditions in which to run the contest and ensuring cutting edge performances by the world’s best surfers.
Current World No. 2 and 1999 Billabong Pro champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) will be back to try for a second crown alongside emerging talents like Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA) and rookie sensation Dane Reynolds (USA), who will be making his debut at Supertubes.
The 45 World Tour campaigners will be joined in the 48 man format by three wildcards who are determined by the Von Zipper Wildcard Trials. Staged on the morning of the first day the contest runs, the VZ Trials comprise six top SA surfers versus six rising international stars with the winner of each of the three four-man heats receiving a wildcard into the Billabong Pro, and the opportunity to test their skills against the world’s best at Supers.