After a two-and-a-half month break, the ASP World Tour is back until July 25 at one of the world's most exciting surfing breaks in the likes of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. After a stumble in the first event, finishing in equal ninth, Kelly Slater has rebounded in fine form since finishing with a win and second-place finish in the last event, and he now finds himself in a familiar place.
Sitting atop the world rankings once again and gunning for a 10th world title, Slater is the clear favorite to add to the four titles (1996, 2003, 2005, 2008) that he has already captured at the famous right-hand point break known to the surfing world as J-Bay.
However, the next generation is not far behind, and nipping at Slater's heels is the likes of hometown favorite Jordy Smith, the current No. 2 ranked surfer. Smith has every trick in the book, as well as the basic fundamentals of good rail-to-rail power surfing to match Slater's arsenal and a key ingredient needed to win here.