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Surfers from around the world will hang ten in South Africa's biggest surfing competition

June 8, 2012

South Africa is set to host the Mr Price Pro Ballito surfing competition this July on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Registration for the event ended earlier this week, and 147 surfers from around the world are set to travel to South Africa to compete in the contest that will run during the first week of July. This group includes 23 of the top 32 surfers in the world, according to AllAfrica.com.

"The entries have been fantastic," said ASP Africa operations manager Colin Fitch, according to the news source. "We're looking forward to hosting some of the finest international surfing talent, and with 26 South African surfers pitted against them in the main event, surfing fans can look forward to some very exciting competition."

Among the competitors will be returning champion from last year's event, Patrick Gudausakas of the U.S. and his brother Tanner, who was crowned Mr Price Pro Champion in 2009.

The competition has been running since 1966. Originally known as the South African Surfing Championships, the name of the event changed with Mr Price Pro began sponsoring the competition in 2000. The weeklong gathering offers surfing fans and competitors more than waves and watersports. They'll also enjoy live music performed by some of South Africa's most popular music groups in the evenings.

Surfing fans who want to get updates on the events from their friends can make calls to South Africa with international phone cards to find out the latest news when the competition gets underway.

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