BITTERSWEET doesn’t describe half the emotions Stephanie Gilmore felt after taking out the Roxy Pro in France, the four-time former world champion defeating the new world champion Carissa Moore in the final.
Moore claimed the 2011 title simply by qualifying for Friday’s electric final. Gilmore claimed the Biarritz honours only to hand over the title to Moore moments later.
It was the 23-year-old’s first event win since being assaulted at her Gold Coast home over Christmas.
”Today was unbelievable because so much has gone down,” Gilmore told reporters. ”It feels so good. I missed it so much this year. I am so happy right now.”
Australian Sally Fitzgibbons has claimed the No.2 world ranking with an event still to run on the women’s ASP world tour.
Meanwhile, two-time men’s world surfing champ Mick Fanning is expected to return to the water at South Africa’s J-Bay today after progressing directly to round three of The Billabong Pro. The 29-year-old has had a mixed start to the [...]

Flamboyant professional surfer Dane Reynolds has withdrawn from the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2011, setting up a repeat of last year’s final where Jordy Smith won his first ever Elite Tour event.
Reynolds is experiencing ongoing problems with an injury that has already seen the 25 year-old from California miss the first three events of this year’s ASP Men’s World Tour.
Most of the world’s best surfers can already be seen in and around Jeffreys Bay where on Thursday July 14 the waiting period opens for the R3 million Billabong Pro J-Bay 2011.
The Billabong Pro J-Bay is the fourth stop of 11 on the ASP Men’s World Tour, the series of events that determine the annual ASP World Surfing Champion.
Due to the withdrawal of Dane Reynolds the event’s seeding for Round One of the most prestigious surfing event in Africa have been changed with defending champion and South African surfing sensation Jordy Smith now scheduled to take on Adam Melling of Australia in [...]

Aussie surfer, Joel Parkinson, is regarded as one of the true greats at J’Bay. In 1999, aged just 18, “Parko” arrived in J’Bay for the first time and entered the Billabong Pro as a wildcard. He went on to win the event and mark his place in history.
Ten years later, Parko claimed his second tournament win at J’Bay, this time as a full-time touring professional and perennial world title threat.
In 2010, Parko was unable to defend his title, due to injury – a terrible slice to his heel that not only saw him miss the Billabong Pro, but more than half the 2010 ASP Men’s Tour.
n 2011, Parko returns to J’Bay and the wave to which his surfing has become synonymous. He is healthy, fit and focused and already has a season win under his belt at Bells Beach. He sits at number two in the world. Few attack the walls of Supertubes with such a sublime blend of power, [...]

In just over a week the eyes of the surfing world will be firmly fixed on Jeffreys Bay as the World’s Top 34 surfers take to the legendary waves of Supertubes in the Billabong Pro J-Bay, stop No. 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP Dream Tour. See for yourself why this is one of the Tour’s most highly anticipated events every year by viewing the first of six Webisodes on billabongpro.com, the official website for Africa’s most prestigious surfing contest.
Current ASP World Title Race rankings leader Adriano de Souza (BRA), defending champion and local favourite Jordy Smith (ZAF), 10X world champion Kelly Slater (USA), perennial favourites and previous event winners Taj Burrow and fellow Australians Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning and plenty more expound on why they are frothing to throw on a rashvest and go to work in the waves on the Southern tip of Africa.
The comprehensive website features a host of content including background information, news, photos, [...]

Gold Coast Queensland, Monday 4th July, 2011: THE drop in swell is not enough to stop the world’s best grommets from having fun on day three of the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp at Duranbah Beach (on the New South Wales / Queensland border). With 0.5m waves on offer, grommets across the 16 and under boys, 16 and under girls, 14 and under girls and 12 and under boys divisions all took to the water today, excited at the chance to surf in front of their hero Mark “Occy” Occhilupo.
Soli Bailey (Byron Bay, NSW) was a standout in this morning’s action progressing through the second round of the 16 and Under Boys division.
Posting a combined two-wave heat total of 11.50 points (out of a possible 20), Bailey placed first toppling Mikey Wright (Lennox Head, NSW – 10.67 points), Michael Bain (Avalon, NSW – 10.26 points) and Tai Flanagan (Byron Bay, NSW – 7.33 points) who finished second to fourth respectively.
Bailey [...]