Last year the entire world’s (outside of South Africa) eyes were opened to the perfection of Willard’s beach laying just off the shore of Ballito along the KwaZulu Natal North Coast (or Dolphin Coast) in South Africa. Perfection. A dream right hander. Fast, hollow and powerful. Last year was a contest organizers, surfers and spectators dream; beautiful barrels flawlessly ridden by some of the top surfers on the planet, fighting each other for points, money and pride. In the end Jack’s team rider Patrick Gudauskas ruled the tube and claimed the top of the podium (and $40,000) as his own.
But that was last year, the secrets out now. Everyone knows how good the wave is and getting it with only a couple other guys combined with a chance to win $40,000 at this ASP Prime Event has attracted many of the world’s best surfers. But Pat is always up for a challenge and is definitely one of the favorites heading into this week’s contest. His skills riding the barrel combined with the confidence coming from last year’s victory put his name near the top of the short list of possible winners for the 2012 contest. The other Jack’s Surfboards team rider joining Pat Gudauskas in Ballito is Pat’s brother Tanner Gudauskas. The Gudauskas brothers should cause havoc in their respective draws and are a major threat in every heat they are involved in.
The 2012 Mr. Price Pro Ballito will be ran from July 2 through July 8 in Ballito South Africa. The forecast looks small starting off the contest waiting period but hopefully will pick up through the week at the main contest location of Willard’s Beach. Willard’s likes a southwest swell and a low tide and we can only hope it turns on like it did last year as the beach came to life delivering barrel after barrel after barrel. The contest can be watched live at www.mrpricepro.com. Make sure you watch as the action should be hot. Check back here for more information and event wrap ups following the contest. Let’s go Pat! Back to back (plus $40,000 is nice but $80,000 is even nicer).