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Mr Price Pro Ballito returns as ASP Prime event

Travis Logie © ASP/Cestari

 

Mr Price Pro Ballito

ASP Prime event
Willard Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
30 June - 6 July 2014

Logie sets sights on Mr. Price Pro Ballito

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 June, 2014 - Ballito KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - In just over three weeks, all eyes will be on KwaZulu-Natal’s esteemed surf break of Ballito, KwaDukuza as the world’s best surfers arrive to compete for the prestigious Mr Price Pro Ballito crown, from June 30 - July 6, 2014.

This year’s Mr Price Pro Ballito will see 96 surfers from 18 countries compete for a slice of the lucrative R2.7 million prize-purse and critical ratings points on offer for those aiming to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2015. Current World No. 24, Travis Logie, formerly of Durban but now residing in California, USA, is one of South Africa’s top title contenders looking to capitalise on a Prime event on home soil.

“I always look forward to the event in Ballito,” Logie said. “Nothing beats being with the family when you’re competing. And the waves are always fun for the event, which is a huge bonus.” Renowned for causing huge upsets in taking down World No 1’s, top seeds and event favourites on the ASP World Tour; Logie is a feared opponent among surfing’s elite and will be even more dangerous on his home turf.

“It’s all about having 100% confidence”, Logie said. “Ballito is a pretty level playing field. It’s a little right point and pretty much everyone on tour has grown up surfing waves really similar. Our advantage is having the home crowd cheering for us!”

One of the most consistent finishers at the Mr Price Pro Ballito over the past few years, posting a career best runner-up result against Australian Chris Davidson in 2008, Logie has had every result from second down to 30th but is yet to clinch the title.

“It's been pretty heartbreaking to be honest, I've finished everything except first! Every year I hope it’s going to be my year but win or lose I'm still so grateful to have such a massive event in South Africa.” With three weeks to go, Logie will be focusing on rest and rehabilitation for a persistent shoulder injury that plagued him at the recent Fiji Pro where he placed equal 25th.

“I've been battling with it since the start of the year and a couple days before I flew to Fiji, it really deteriorated. The muscles around my shoulder joint went into a massive spasm and almost pulled my shoulder out of the joint from being so tight! I’ve been doing a lot of rehab and am confident it will be a lot better come the Mr Price Pro as it improves slightly every day.”

In addition to Logie, South African fans will have plenty to cheer about with the likes of Jordy Smith, Beyrick de Vries, Dale Staples, Michael February and Slade Prestwich all making their way into the PRIME rated ASP event courtesy of their respective world rankings. Renowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito is expecting approximately 100 000 fans to soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days.

While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will once again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on July 3 and 4.Thursday July 3 sees a night of Kwaito, Afro pop, hip-hop and house while Friday July 4 caters to more of a pop, rock and dance theme audience.

From July 1- 2, the event will also incorporate a Food and Wine festival, bringing mouth-watering flavours to the beach and build on the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year. The RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event's Corporate Social Investment program. The Foundation has been actively involved in the region since 2010 with their health and education programmes impacting low-income communities in KwaDukuza. 

Author: 
Pierre Tostee
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