In waves that slowly increased all day in size, the world’s best surfers went to town on the perfect, reeling walls of Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay. After a very small start to the day, the forecast swell started filling in, and the Championship Tour surfers were able to strut their stuff in front of the judges and an absolutely packed beach for the third day of competition in this event. The best performances of the day came from John John Florence (USA), Kelly Slater (USA). Josh Kerr (AUS) Julian Wilson (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS) and our very own Jordy Smith.
“It’s great to be here and to be surfing in front of the home crowds,” said Jordy after his massive heat 5 win. “I’ve been working on my health, and my diet and fitness is good right now. I’ve got no niggling injuries, got great boards, and I’m feeling really confident. I want to keep going and I’m really thankful for the crowd cheering me on like that, it’s awesome.”
When Jordy surfed his round 5 heat, he started off with a larger set wave, and the crowd was roaring their appreciation as he rode it to a score of 9.87, the highest score of the day.
According to the JBay Winterfest spokesperson Brenton Williams, it was estimated that about 10,000 people visited the contest site throughout the day to have a look at the world-class surfing taking place. The JBay Open is stop number 6 on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour of surfing.
Jordy will come up against John John Florence in the first quarterfinal when the JBay Open competition resumes.
Over at Magnatubes The Quiksilver JBay Junior Pro and the Roxy JBay Junior Pro continued with great conditions today for the best junior surfers in the country. The finals of these two events will be held tomorrow afternoon, when these surfers will battle it out for victory in the respective divisions.