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Contests, Industry News

Slater Withdraws from Billabong Rio Pro

May 8th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Kelly Slater was forced to withdraw from the third event on the world championship tour, the Billabong Rio Pro, due to a severe heel injury suffered on his recent trips to Java and Fiji. More »

Billabong Pro Tahiti Event Highlights

August 30th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Yesterday was the final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. If you didn’t watch any of the competition you certainly missed out because Teahupoo was pumping with some of the best waves it’s seen in a real long time. Here are some highlights from the entire event. More »

Billabong Pro Tahiti Freesurf

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

The day before the official waiting period began for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, most all the pros participated in a free surf at Teahupoo. Here are the highlights. More »

Contests, Technology

Billabong’s Heat Analyzer

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

Every year the webcasts of the World Tour contests seem to get a little better. Whether it’s higher quality feeds, quicker replays, heats on demand, or just overall better coverage of the events, it has definitely come a long way from a few years ago. With the companies looking for new ways to get people watching the contests it’s not uncommon for them to try out new technologies. We saw it earlier in the year at the Quiksilver Pro Bells Beach when the pros had the option to wear a small GPS chip in their jerseys that tracked their every movement and speed in real-time. This time around in Tahiti, is introducing the Heat Analyzer. More »

Billabong Pro Round 1 Highlights and Round 2 Heat Matchups

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

Today was the second consecutive lay day called at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. All of round 1 was held Saturday and Teahupoo was pumping. Below are the round one results and the matchups for round two. There is a large swell forecasted for the end of the week so keep an eye on for updates. More »

Billabong Pro Tahiti – Webisode 1

August 17th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Parko, Freddy P, Taj and Julian Wilson talk abou the upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti. More »


Billabong Pro Tahiti Round One Heat Match Ups

August 16th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Stop number five on the 2011 ASP World Tour is Tahiti and with a decent swell in the forecast, the Billabong Pro should begin on the first day of the waiting period this weekend. The local trials finished up yesterday which means the round one heat draw is set. Surprisingly missing from the list, yet again, is Mr. Dane Reynolds. Dane might be out, but two guys who missed the last comp are back, including “I’d rather surf perfect Cloudbreak instead of compete at J-Bay” Kelly Slater and “I LIKE TO VENT MY FEELINGS ON TWITTER IN ALL CAPS” Bobby Martinez. More on the contest below. More »


Billabong Pro J-Bay Results and Recap

July 26th, 2011 by John Zanussi

For the second year in a row, Jordy Smith has won the Billabong Pro J-Bay. Having a bit of a hometown advantage the South African really showed his abilities in the later rounds of the competition. The final against Mick Fanning was a real close one, but Jordy came out on top beating Mick by only 0.77 points. We’ve got the rundown on the later rounds of the competition, along with photos, videos, and the new world rankings below. More »


Billabong Pro J-Bay ON HOLD!!!!

July 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

I’m pretty sure everyone, including the pros slotted to surf in round 3 of the Billabong Pro J-Bay were expecting the contest to start up again early this morning in South Africa. Expectations were let down. After not one, or two, or three, or even four, but nine, NINE, calls to put the contest on hold, they officially called yet another lay day at 3:15pm. More »


Billabong Pro J-Bay Update

July 21st, 2011 by John Zanussi

Eight days of the eleven day waiting period have gone by and two rounds of competition have gone down at the 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay. With more swell on the way, round 3 will likely kick off early tomorrow morning at Jeffrey’s Bay. It’s been hard to watch the webcast live here in the U.S. because of the time difference between here and South Africa, so if you’re like me and missed most of the live action we’ve got video highlights, photos, and a quick recap of the first two rounds below. More »


Billabong Pro J-Bay Preview & Heat Matchups

July 13th, 2011 by John Zanussi

The first day of the 11 day waiting period starts tomorrow for the 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay. It’s been more than 2 months since the last World Tour contest in Brazil but the pros have been busy traveling, surfing and competing in other contests. We’ve got a breif preview for the comp along with all 12 round 1 heat matchups. More »


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