ASP WCT Men's Event #6
Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
10 - 21 July 2014
Lay Day today, but action will resume this weekend
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 July, 2014 - The J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, is on standby as organisers decided to call a fourth successive lay day on Friday due to predictions of epic weather and wave conditions on the weekend.
Small one metre waves with offshore winds prevail today with Surfline, official surf forecasters for the J-Bay Open, confidently predicting solid, pumping surf over the weekend along with good to excellent local wind conditions.
The swell will build in through Saturday and produce pumping surf all day. Double overhead and bigger waves are expected on Saturday (10-12 foot / 3-4 metre faces), with the better sets in the 15’+ range on the face. Sunday will see easing, albeit still strong, surf in the overhead to double overhead range in the morning. Strong offshore W to WSW wind prevails Saturday before backing down Sunday.
Contest organisers will meet at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday to decide on when to get the event underway with a possible 7.45 a.m. start for the first heat of Round 5 which sees Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA). The winners of the four man-on-man duels will advance to the quarterfinals.
The 36 man field for the J-Bay Open has been reduced to just 12 with 2012 World Champion and two-time J-Bay winner Joel Parkinson, fellow Australians Matt Wilkinson and Owen Wright, along with Brazilian Alejo Muniz already through to the Quarterfinals after winning their respective Round 4 encounters on Monday.
The big surf and favourable winds will also produce the ideal stage for the highly anticipated clash between surfing legends Tom Curren USA) and Mark Occhilupo (AUS) in the first instalment of the ASP Heritage Series.
Curren, a three-time ASP World Champion in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s, is universally acknowledged as one of the most stylish surfers ever to grace the waves while ‘Occy’, the 1999 ASP World Champion, is one of J-Bay’s favourite sons and won the inaugural event at Supertubes back in 1984.
The Heritage Series heat is likely to be run between the Semifinals and the Final of the J-Bay Open.
J-Bay Open Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)