World’s Best Surfers Set To Return To JBay For Corona Open

JEFFREYS BAY, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Corona Open J-Bay, the ninth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), is set to return to Jeffreys Bay after a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world’s best surfers will take on one of the world’s most renowned righthand pointbreaks from 12 to July 21 2022.

This year there’s even more at stake with a reduced field of 22 men and 10 women who will have made the Mid-year cut-off after the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. The 2019 Corona Open J-Bay winner, Gabriel Medina(BRA), will return to Supertubes after being awarded the men’s 2022 WSL CT season wildcard. This gives him entry into all Championship Tour events following the Mid-season Cut. 

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Gabriel Medina of Brazil in pumping overhead conditions at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. © WSL/Cestari

In 2019, Medina became the first goofy-footer in 35 years to win in Jeffreys Bay. After taking an extended break from competition, the three-time World Champion will not only be looking to defend his win at JBay but also his World Title. After JBay, there’s only one event before the Final 5 will be decided to battle for the World Title at the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Trestles, California, from 6-18 September 2022.

Carissa Moore (HAW), current world number 1, will also be back in JBay to defend her title from 2019. The four-time World Champion will face tough competition from an in-form Tyler Wright (AUS) and 2019 runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA).

South Africa’s Jordy Smith, a two-time event winner in Jeffreys Bay, will hope to score a solid performance in front of his home crowd at a wave he has proven his knowledge, experience, and skill. While a Final 5 finish might be out of reach for Smith, he could play spoiler for those closer to the cut-off.

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Bianca van Aardt

WSL Africa Media Manager

+27 82 773 5407

Craig Jarvis

Corona Open J-Bay Media Manager

+27 82 376 4443

Colin Fitch

WSL Africa Regional Manager

+27 82 699 4493

Ari Kraak

Corona Open J-Bay Event Director

+27 82 782 2725