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Sun, 16 July 2017

Jordy Smith is the only South African left at the Corona Open JBay after wildcards Mikey Feb and Dale Staples were knocked out in slow, wintery conditions this morning.


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STAPLE DIET: Nothing like surfing Supers with just two in the water. Photo WSL / Cestari


Flawless 4-6' surf kickstarted the 6th stop on the WSL Championship Tour yesterday, and the 34 surfers turned it on with ridiculous surfing. However, all three Saffas in the event Smith, February and Staples were relegated to the elimination round two.

In heat five of Round 1, Smith and February came up against an on-form Conner Coffin, and despite putting on stellar performances, placed second and third.

In the next heat Dale Staples was on fire, but unfortunately came up against the surfer of the day in world champion John John Florence. Staple’s high-risk surfing was inspired, but Florence banked 19.37 out of a possible 20 points, the highest heat score of the day, and Staples could not match it, despite producing two excellent rides of his own and a heat total of 16.03, which would have been enough to win five of the 12 heats on the day.

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STRATEGY AND SKILL: Smith eliminated Dale Staples in Round 2 Heat 1. Photo WSL / Cestari


A curious call to run this morning led to less-than-perfect, long-lulled, smaller surf. Sadly, Staples and Smith were drawn in their Round 2 man-on-man elimination heat. Despite a close-fought and low scoring affair (10.67 vs 10.27), it was the street-smart Smith who lived to fight on in Round 3, where there is more breathing space.

February had to surf against current tour leader Matt Wilkinson in Heat 2 of Round 2 - where he fell after he could not back up his best scoring 7.0 wave (considering the conditions) to overhaul Wilko's 6.17 and 6.93. By the time the Corona Open JBay went on standby due to the slow seas, Smith was the sole Saffa standing.

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BALLIE MAN: Kelly Slater won his Round 1 heat and is through to Round 4. Photo WSL / Cestari


This weather forecast doesn’t have any affect on the Cold Water Swim Classic taking place at Marina Martinique tomorrow morning. In its 5th year as part of the JBay Winterfest, the Cold Water Swim Classic is an extreme event, with many contestants choosing to adhere to Channel Rules, which means you only allowed to wear a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap - no wetsuit.

The Cold Water Swim Classic is now also an official Robben Island qualifier.
Race Times: Mile, Double Mile and Triple Mile all start at 9:30am
Venue: Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay

More information can be found at www.jbaywinterfest.com

Other happenings at the JBay Winterfest 2017 include the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, The JBay Loggers Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, The Oakley X Over, a Kite Festival, the Fishing Skins tournament, a Funduro. and more.

Corona Open J-Bay Round 1 Results
 Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.32, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.60, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.33
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.84, Owen Wright (AUS) 11.16, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.00
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83, Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.73, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.57
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.00, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.27, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 9.93
Heat 5: Conner Coffin (USA) 17.04, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.76, Michael February (ZAF) 12.40
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 19.37, Dale Staples (ZAF) 16.03, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 13.07
Heat 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.27, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.83
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27, Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.84, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.77
Heat 9: Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.00, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.66, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.00
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.83, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 14.77, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.17
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.23, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.83, Joan Duru (FRA) 6.17
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.67, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.17, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.60

Corona Open J-Bay Round 2 Results of completed heats
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.67, Dale Staples (ZAF) 10.27
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.10, Michael February (ZAF) 11.67

Corona Open J-Bay Round 2 Match-Ups
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 6: Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 7: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 11: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 12: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)

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