World’s best for Mr Price Pro Ballito

2011-06-03 00:00

THE Mr Price Pro Ballito will roll out the red carpet for the world’s best surfers, with a remarkable 24 of the world’s top 35 surfers entered for this year’s R1,7 million event.

The competition runs from July 4 to July 10.

Entries officially closed on May 31.

Organisers are ecstatic with the 131 surfers entered.

They represent 14 countries, including Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii, the United States, Brazil, Spain, France and Portugal.

Said ASP Africa operations manager Colin Fitch, “We’re looking forward to hosting some of the finest international surfing talent, and with many South African surfers pitted against the 96 qualifiers in the main event surfing fans can look forward to some very exciting competition.”

Leading the field is Durban’s Jordy Smith, who is ASP world number two.

Smith, the defending champion, became the second South African to etch his name on the winner’s trophy in 2010 and will be looking to produce a repeat performance against his elite tour peers this year.

Smith can expect some fierce competition as he takes on the remaining three of the four top 10 surfers, including world number seven Jeremy Flores (Reunion), world number nine Adrian Buchan (Australia) and world number 10 Damien Hobgood (USA).

Also in this year’s lineup are 2001 ASP world champion C.J. Hobgood, Tahiti’s first-ever ASP Title Tour qualifier, Michel Bourez, aerial phenomenon Josh Kerr and surfing’s fastest-ever ASP World Title Tour qualifier, prodigy Julian Wilson.

The event will feature an action-packed beach festival.

For more information check www.mrpricepro.com.

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