Supertubes – it was a surprise first day of surf for the Corona Open JBay, with Supers coming to life on a day that wasn’t really looking like a competition day on the charts. Cold and windy, perfect waves reeled down the point for the event organisers as they ran the whole first round, and two heats of the second round.
Local surfers Jordy Smith and Mikey February were both relegated to round two, along with Kelly Slater, Owen and Mikey Wright, and Wade Carmichael in the tricky conditions.
Stand-outs of the day included a fired-up Californian Conner Coffin who banked the highest heat score of the day with 16.14 points out of a possible 20, and fellow Cali surfer Kolohe Andino, who pulled off a radical no-hands alley-oop in the streaming offshore winds for a wave score of 7.60 and the eventual heat win. French surfer Jeremy Flores was surfing fast and determined, showing gumption and aggression for his heat win, and received much praise from the beach and web commentators for his performance.
Australian surfer and previous event winner Joel Parkinson, who first won the contest in 1999 as a rookie, also surfed a commanding heat to go straight through to the third round, and went ahead and surprised the world by announcing his retirement – this will be his last year on tour for the amiable former world champion.
Local wildcard Matt McGillivray came up against Jeep Leaderboard leader Julian Wilson in their elimination round 2 heat, and despite surfing out of his skin and putting on a valiant effort, the young local was knocked out of the competition, despite some huge air attempts on the bricks.
The forecast for the next three days looks great, and there is more swell on the way. There is a chance that the men’s event could be run off by the end of the week, so don’t take your eyes off the webcast, or pull in to Supertubes and watch the best surfers in the world compete at one of the best right-hand point-breaks in the world.
This weekend sees the free live music going down at the contest site with the Corona Sunset Sessions, as well as the JBay Winterfest Funduro and the Cold Water Swim Classic take place. It’s going to be a great week at the JBay Winterfest
Full results day 1
Heat 1: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.93, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.17, Michael February (ZAF) 7.24
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.03, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.67, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 6.66
Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.94, Kelly Slater (USA) 8.73
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.83, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 7.83, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.73
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.84, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.14, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 10.67
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.10, Julian Wilson (AUS) 9.90, Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 9.86
Heat 7: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.30, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.76, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.06
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.14, Joan Duru (FRA) 15.67, Owen Wright (AUS) 12.73
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.87, Mikey Wright (AUS) 13.26, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 6.00
Heat 10: Yago Dora (BRA) 13.23, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.67, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.23
Heat 11: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.63, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.23, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.94
Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.80, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 15.07, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 10.96
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Round 2 (H1-2) 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
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Remaining Round 2 (H3-12) Matchups:
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 7: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10: Mikey Wright (AUS) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 11: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 12: Tomas Hermes (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Women’s Corona Open J-Bay Round 1 Matchups:
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)