Taylor Knox Makes History at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, July 13,2008)- The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will jot one down in the history books as veteran ASP World Tour campaigner Taylor Knox (Carlsbad, CA) posted the highest combined heat score in Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay history with a near flawless 19.70 out of possible 20 points. The natural footer performed a crushing forehand attack earning him single wave scores of 9.9 and 9.8 out of possible 10.
Knox’s history-making performance allowed him to advance effortlessly into Round 3 over ASP World Tour standout Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta, AUS), who scored a perfect single wave score of 10 out of possible 10 points in his Round 1 heat against the American powerhouse despite the loss. The dominating surfing unleashed on the perfect right-handers of Jeffreys Bay marked Knox’s career best combined heat total.
“It’s really enjoyable to be in a heat like that, it was unreal.” Knox said. “It was exciting, because Parko got the first wave and I could see that it was such a good wave and I knew that once it went by me it would barrel. Right then I saw a big one out the back and just thought, ‘I’m going to get barreled.’”
Aside from his amazing heat total, Knox had a throwaway 9.00 out of possible 10 point score, making his Round 1 performance a heat to remember.
“I’ve had 10s before but I don’t think that I have ever backed it up with a 9.70 so I’d say that this was probably the highest scoring heat I’ve ever surfed,” Knox said.