A firm favourite among surfers, Mr Price Pro sees world’s best in mix

2014-03-20 00:00

WILLARD Beach, Ballito, is the place to be from June 30 to July 6 as it welcomes 96 surfers from 18 countries for the Mr Price Pro.

Acknowledged as one of the biggest ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) prime events on the calendar, the contest is also rated by surfers worldwide as one of their favourite stops.

On the line this year is R2,7 million ($250 000) plus vital ratings points for those hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour next year.

Dane Reynolds, from California, has already confirmed his entry and should pull the crowds with his aerial mastery and go-for-broke style.

Defending champion Julian Wilson of Australia is back after beating local favourite Jordy Smith in last year’s final where a perfect score on one of his waves clinched the titles.

Speaking of Smith, he will definitely be in his own backyard as such and is hungry to add a second Mr Price title to his impressive CV, having taken the honours in 2010.

Another local surfer keen to bring the trophy back home is Travis Logie. He has finished twice on the podium at the event previously and, on his day, can deal with the world’s best.

A seasoned ASP World Tour campaigner, Logie knows nothing comes easy but it’s not difficult to understand his passion for winning his “own” event, in his home surf.

“It’s a tough battle from start to finish and the champion is fully deserving of the title,” he said. “The event is tough as the field has the world’s best in the mix. They love the waves in Ballito and as I have come so close in previous years, I am more determined than ever to finish on top.”

Logie also acknowledged Reynolds’s expertise on the waves, saying: “He’s arguably the best surfer in the world and can blow minds in any type of surf. He’s fun to watch as he is so unpredictable and it’s exciting to have him back in South Africa.”

Another local surfer with a huge band of fans is Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries. He was a wildcard last year and stunned the crowd by progressing to the quarter finals. He is joined by a host of fellow up-and-coming wave riders, all the richer for the opportunity while making a name for themselves in the surfing world.

Other than the surfing, the event is renowned for its beach festival, one of the biggest on the continent. Last year, more than 100 000 people lapped up the entertainment and this year promises more of the same with cultural, retail, lifestyle and sports entertainment on the cards.

After the day’s wave action, there are free music concerts at Salt Rock on July 3 and 4, plus from July 1-2, there is a food and wine festival.

More information at www.mrpricepro.com.

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