ASP WCT Men's Event #6
Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
10 - 21 July 2014
World’s Best Do Battle in Barrelling Conditions at J-Bay Open
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 July, 2014 - Jeffreys Bay, South Africa - The J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, ran through the remainder of Round 2 in three-to-five foot (1 metre) surf at Supertubes today.
The field of 36 was narrowed down to 24 after a day of thrilling action in the barrelling waves that peeled through the planet’s premier high-performance point break providing the world’s best surfers with the ideal canvas on which to display their talent. Hawaii’s Fredrick Patacchia was the top performer and was awarded both the day’s highest single-wave score (9.93 out of a possible 10) and two-wave total of 17.93 (out of a possible 20).
The day’s opening encounter was an all-Australian affair where Bede Durbidge took an early lead over Matt Wilkinson. But Wilkinson managed six clean turns and a smooth drift for a 7.00 and the lead and then extended his advantage with an 8.50, leaving his opponent in need of an excellent score. With under two minutes on the clock Durbidge found the opportunity he was looking for but the score came in just shy of what was required.
“Bede (Durbidge) never falls, he makes every section and throws so much power. I knew it was going to be a tough heat,” said Matt Wilkinson. “It’s good to get a heat win under my belt and to be into the third Round. I’m sure there’ll be more tough heats but I’m excited.”
Sebastian Zietz © ASP/Kirstin
Both former ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (USA) and Tiago Pires (PRT) got to work quickly in Round 2 Heat 8 with the Portuguese surfer gaining a slight edge over the American. The latter half of the heat was a see-saw affair as Pires produced bottom-to-top carves with fins-out vertical snaps for an excellent 8.17 before Hobgood answered with huge carves and a tight tube ride. An awkward fall at the ride's end kept the score out of the excellent range but the 7.67 was still enough to put him ahead of Pires for his first WCT heat win since the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
“Sometimes you have to win heats to get your confidence up and it's been a good two months since I’ve had a heat win," said C.J. Hobgood. “I had Tiago (Pires) in Fiji and he smoked me. I saw the other guys catching waves to get into rhythm so I just tried to catch as many as possible. Tiago was ripping so it feels really great to make a heat and I’m stoked to be able to surf here in Jeffreys Bay.”
The second all-Brazilian match-up of the day saw Jadson Andre face Miguel Pupo and with 15 minutes gone, the pair launched their respective barrel games. Pupo was able to secure a lead over his fellow countryman and, with renewed confidence, followed up with a long run down a clean wave for an 8.50 putting Andre in a combination situation. Despite replacing one of his low scores with an excellent 8.40, Andre was unable to overtake Pupo who, like Hobgood, secured his first heat win since Bells Beach and advanced to Round 3.
Matt Wilkinson © ASP/Cestari
“It’s my first time in J-Bay and I’ve already fallen in love with the place,” said Miguel Pupo. “It’s a special place for all the surfers because of the history over here. Hopefully I can come here every year. Monday’s conditions look pretty good, so hopefully we get barrelled and put on a good show for the South Africans.”
Freddy Patacchia (HAW) took on South Africa’s Travis Logie (Durban) in a battle of the goofy-footers (ride with right foot in front). Patacchia pounced on a perfect Supertubes runner and unloaded three huge under-the-lip hacks before pulling into a long, dredging tube. The Hawaiian earned the highest single-wave score of the day as he came flying out with his arms raised aloft.
Searching for two scores to take the lead, Logie used his trademark speed and power to muscle his way out of the combination, clocking a 7.17. But Patacchia found another bomb and tore it apart to for an 8.00 and the second highest two-wave heat total of the J-Bay Open, bettered only by event favourite Jordy Smith’s 19.80 in Round 1.
“My 9.93 point wave was really special,” said Fredrick Patacchia. “I could see it was going to be a gem and I kept telling myself ‘don’t screw this up, Freddie’. Travis (Logie) and I are Quiksilver team mates and we’re staying together here in J-Bay. You’re always going to end up surfing against your friends, but I think I have bragging rights now.”
A call will be made at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning on whether to commence with Round 3 action.
J-Bay Open Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.90 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.43 def. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 16.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 8.63
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.33 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 4.80
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.93 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 6.87
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.83 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.93
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.17 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.90
Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.37 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.93
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.67 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 11: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 17.93 def. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.60 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.
J-Bay Open Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)