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Final Day is ON. Zeke Lau is last Hawaiian standing into the semis. John John Florence goes straight up into rnd 4 but eliminated in the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, 13 July Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Image Credit: © ASP / Cestari

Phenomenal Surf Continues For Day 3 of The Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012.

John John Florence (pictured), current ASP World Tour #5 advanced into Round 5 of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today.

In Round 3 Florence defeated Ola Eleogram (HAW), Shaun Joubert (RSA) and Nat Young with one of the mornings highest heat totals, an 18.60 points (out of a possible 20.00).

In Round 5 Florence placed second to Aritz Aranburu (EUK) narrowly defeating Conner Coffin (USA) by 0.16 of a point with a heat total of 15.16 to that of 15.00 set by Coffin and advancing into Round 5 where he will surf against Dale Staples (RSA) when competition resumes tomorrow. Zeke Lau and Sebastien Zeits are also into the top 16!

For more event details go to the event site on GO HERE

Another day of unbelievable waves at Supertubes revealed itself to the remaining competitors in the Billabong Pro J-Bay this morning, and the sets poured down the point for 10 straight hours of serious competition.

Sean Holmes (ZAF) was the first guy to feel the power of the swell, breaking a board in his first heat of the day, getting a new board and breaking the fin off that one in a deep and critical barrel. "That was such a good wave, and I was confident that I was going to get a good barrel," said Holmes of that wave. "I got into the barrel and was driving off the bottom, when I just felt my fin go and I went down." Sean continued to surf well on some new equipment, before finally losing to Mitch Coleburn (AUS) in the round of 16.

Heavily bearded Australian Heath Joske (AUS) also impressed with a stylish soul arch on a perfect wave, punctuated by some huge turns and barrel rides. " I was just having so much fun out there," said Joske with a grin. "The waves were so good for that heat." Joske eventually lost to Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau in the round of 16.

With such good waves on offer there was some incredible surfing performances, including a record four 10-point rides during the day for Jordy Smith(ZAF), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Olamana Eleogram (HAW) and Ezekial Lau (HAW). "I was ready for that wave," said Jordy of his ten-point ride that consisted of a series of critical turns and tube rides all the way down the 300 meter-long pointbreak. "I managed a couple of cracks on the outside and the wave set up nicely on the inside for that barrel."

Jordy has been experiencing phenomenal crowd support, that erupted over his ten-pointer. "I could hear all the cheering and the vuvuzelas from the water," said Smith. "It really gets you pumped to hear all the support, so thanks to all the fans and supporters out there."

Another local surfer Dale Staples (ZAF) also had an enormous day, winning heats and advancing all the way to the round of 16, where he will meet up with John John Florence. "I'm feeling so good at the moment," said Dale on his day's performance. "I've just been treating the event like a free surf, and I just want to keep going, and hopefully build up some points for next year."

As an inspiring day of surfing drew to a close, with many people already calling it one of the best ASP events of all time, contest director Luke Egan commented on the forecast conditions. "There is some bad weather approaching, but we just don't know exactly when it's going to hit," said Luke. "We're going to stick to our plan and start off early tomorrow morning, and just surf for as long as we can. We might be able to finish tomorrow, but it will be tight."

By becoming a World Qualifying Series tournament, the Billabong Pro has this year increased its field from 38 to 144 competitors, affording dozens of local and international hopefuls a chance at competing at one of the world’s premier wave locations.

The week-long tournament also boasts a musical element, with the 5FM Music Festival taking place over three consecutive nights from 13-15th July, with more than 40 different artists scheduled to perform.

You can track the event on Billabong's Twitter feed. (#BILLABONGPROJBAY)

For more event details go to the event site on GO HERE

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