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Tue, 3 July 2018

Jordy Smith is the last man standing for South Africa in the Corona Open J-Bay after he had the crowd roaring today in his win over rookie Tomas Hermes (BRA) in Round 3.

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OUT AND ABOUT: Kelly Slater faded against Smith in Round 2 and has gone. Photo WSL / Cestari

Wildcard Matt McGillivray was knocked out in Round 2 yesterday after an outstanding display. The young JBay local got the highest accolade when his opponent Julian Wilson, reigning world champ, paid homage to the youngster for his outstanding surfing that upped Wilson's game. Wilson got the win with a 14.43 as opposed to McGillivray's 13.50.

It was mixed fortunes for the South Africans in clean 4-5' lines at Supers today in the sixth event on the WSL Championship Tour (CT). In the second heat of the day, Smith eliminated 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA), but two heats later CT veteran Adrian Buchan (AUS) ended Michael February’s run.

Smith found an early rhythm and the best waves for an excellent 8.00 and 6.33. Missing a few key opportunities, including an exit from a deep tube, Slater was unable to meet the 7.27-point requirement to continue in his first event back from injury after his year-long absence. Slater, who leaves South Africa in 25th place, now sets his sights on recovering and training for the Tahiti Pro, which starts August 10.

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JUST OFF THE PACE: Mikey Feb has plenty of time to prove himself. Photo WSL / Cestari

“I feel like I surfed alright considering how rusty I feel,” said Slater. “I do not know where I can push my foot. Yesterday was really the first session. I caught four waves at Lowers the other day just to see if I should bring boards to Africa, and it didn’t feel great, but I thought that maybe in a few days it would feel alright. I feel like my decision-making in heats is a little bit rusty, too. But, it all came down to that one wave. I was a little bit around the kink on that one wave and I would have had to get around it. Jordy (Smith) got it and you never quite know out there which will be the one. I will be in Tahiti. I can go straight fine, still. I should be alright for Tahiti. We will see.”

In his third time competing in the Corona Open J-Bay, February hoped for a better result now that he is a full-time competitor but just 0.83 points separated him from advancing to the next stage.

“I have been coming here for years since I was really young,” said February. “Seeing all the guys come here for the CT event, you have it in the back of your mind trying to make it one day. It has been a special year for me just being able to be here. Especially halfway through the year, being here with friends and family and getting all the support from everyone is awesome.”

Mikey should not be too hard on himself in his rookie year. The results will come.


WINDMILLS OF THE MIND: Jordy is now through to Round 4 and looking good. Photo Grant Scholtz

In the afternoon, Jordy made his intentions clear with his powerful carves against the Brazilian Hermes, who will be sent home with an Equal 13th place result, while Smith marches on to Round 4.

“There’s nothing more I want to do this year than win this event,” said Smith. “This is probably the best feeling I’ve had in a long time - being home. I just feel relaxed and I am okay with anything. I am not a frontrunner this year so it is kind of nice to have all that pressure off of my shoulders. I just really enjoy being home.”

2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) put on a clinic at Supertubes today with a near-perfect 9.37 and solid 7.50. The Australian looked relaxed as ever competing at the location where he won his first CT victory as a wildcard in 1999 and where he won again in 2009. Yesterday, the 37-year-old announced his plan to retire from the CT this December. Unfortunately for #6 Michel Bourez (PYF), Parkinson's rhythm stopped his chances of a fourth Quarterfinal berth this season.

“It’s felt like a weight off of my shoulders after making that announcement yesterday,” said Parkinson. “Hopefully for the rest of the year I get heats like that where waves are pumping. This is one of my all-time favorite locations. J-Bay means a lot to me. It is where my career kickstarted. I’ve always had such a great relationship with this wave, so to be back here and finishing off my last year here is special. It would mean the world to me if I won this event. I would probably shut the gate right there and retire.”

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ON A ROLL: Parko almost scored a perfect 10 in a scintillating display. Photo WSL / Cestari

Despite Buchan’s success in Round 2, he was stopped by California’s Conner Coffin (USA) in the following elimination round. Coffin continues to standout at this event with his aggressive turns and will surf again in Round 4.

Mikey Wright (AUS) has made the most of his wildcard event entries and continues to climb the Jeep Leaderboard to World No. 7. Despite being relegated to Round 2 yesterday, Wright battled back and eliminated rookie Jesse Mendes (BRA) in Round 2 Heat 10 to continue his run at Jeffreys Bay. The wildcard will match up with 2018 CT Rookie Griffin Colapinto (USA) in Round 3 Heat 11 when competition resumes.

In a heated matchup to close out the day, 2017 event runner-up Frederico Morais (PRT) went up against Kolohe Andino (USA). Andino threw up an impressive air-reverse but still fell short to Morais’ 15.67 combined score. Andino will exit in Equal 13th place, while Morais continues his hunt for a back-to-back Finals berth.

2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) has struggled to advance past 9th place this season and currently sits at World No. 19. The Brazilian found a groove today in his Round 2 heat over Patrick Gudauskas (USA). De Souza’s focus is now on requalification for the elite CT as opposed to a second World Title, and he will need to take down rookie Michael Rodrigues (BRA) in Round 3 Heat 8.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for: Medium size, overlapping SW to SSW swells will move in Tuesday and Wednesday with generally favorable wind. A larger SW to SSW swell should build through Thursday afternoon before fading on Friday. A partially to heavily shadowed and modest size WSW/SW swell looks increasingly likely for the 8th-9th, although wind may be onshore.

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SETTING IT WRIGHT: Mikey Wright again made the most of his wildcard slot. Photo WSL / Cestari

Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.43 def. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 13.50
Heat 2: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 11.77 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 9.73
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.16 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.50
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.33 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.74
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.26 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.23
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.33 def. Michael February (ZAF) 12.50
Heat 7: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 14.47 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.70
Heat 8: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 16.14 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 11.34
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.80 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.77
Heat 10: Mikey Wright (AUS) 16.17 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 15.26
Heat 11: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 17.16 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 13.57
Heat 12: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.07 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.30

Round 3 (H1-4)
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.87 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80
Heat 2: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.57 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.30
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.07 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.63
Heat 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.67 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.53

Women’s Round 1 Matchups - From July 6
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 6: Carissa Moore (HAW), Caroline Marks (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)

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