- The Corona Open JBay is the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues’ Championship Tour, and marks half way of the professional tour surfers’ yearlong campaign.
- The Championship Tour consists of 34 surfers, who will be joined by two event wildcards at each event. In JBay one of these wild cards is Dale Staples, the winner of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy. The JBU Supertrial was run off in excellent conditions in June, and Staples hails from St Francis Bay.
- The surfing event takes place when the waves at Supers are of ‘contestable’ conditions, and there is a contest director and surf technology to help forecast what the waves will be like throughout the event’s waiting period.
- Historically the waiting period for the contest is a great time for swell and favourable winds at Supertubes, and more often than not the contest is held in some of the best conditions of the year. When Supertubes is in her best form, rides of 300 meters, and ten point rides are fairly common, but more on points scoring coming up.
- There are five rounds in Championship Tour surfing contest, with the first round and the fourth round being non-elimination. After this round it is sudden death elimination, all the way to final.
- The top two waves of each surfer is scored, and the criteria is thus:
– Commitment and degree of difficulty
– Innovative and progressive maneuvers
– Combination of major maneuvers
– Variety of maneuvers
– Speed, power and flow
- Judging scale:
[0.0 — 1.9: Poor] [2.0 — 3.9: Fair] [4.0 — 5.9: Average] [6.0 — 7.9: Good] [8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]
- A panel of five judges scores each wave on a scale of one to ten. For every scoring ride, the highest and lowest scores (of the five judges) are discounted and the surfer receives the average of the remaining three scores. There is no limit on the number of waves that will be scored, but the two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20).
- First prize for a championship tour event like the JBay Open is $100,000 and 10,000 valuable points counting towards a surfer’s world tour ranking. A win in JBay bodes well for a surfer’s back end of the tour, and promises a good finish.