Andy Irons posts perfect 10 to win Billabong Pro in Jbay
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, Thursday, July 22, 2004 (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa) Reigning two-time world champion Andy Irons (Kauai, HAW) today won the Billabong Pro with a commanding performance over Nathan Hedge (Narrabeen, AUS). The Foster’s Men’s ASP World Championship Tournament (WCT) commenced with quarterfinals this morning, running right through until the event’s climax.
Great 4-6 ft (2m) lines greeted the final day of competition, with only light winds blowing. A couple of whales once again graced the lineup and entertained the massive crowd onsite, as well as those watching live on http://www.billabongpro.com.
Irons, who had not progressed past a 9th placing at Jeffreys in previous years, overcame his local wildcard nemesis Sean Holmes in round three to gain momentum. From there, the Kauaian continued his charge towards an elusive Billabong Pro final, and once in, made his intentions clear from the outset. The 25-year-old picked off a great set wave holding priority, and following three clean barrels and a couple of big maneuvers, locked in the only perfect 10-point ride of the tournament.
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