Favourites Tumble At Corona Open JBay

Endless lines of perfect Supertubes greeted contestants as the sun peeped over the eastern skyline yesterday morning, and there was no hesitation in calling the contest on.

In the first heat of the day Jordy Smith made a simple error of being out of position for the best wave of the heat. Owen Wright picked it up further on the shoulder and out of priority and proceeded to whip a series of backhand hits for an 8.30 and the heat win.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Owen Wright © Kody McGregor

Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi is looking like he is the man to beat. It is very clear that he has the wave dialed and that he has some of the best equipment underfoot. He put on an incredible performance today, executing as many critical turns as is possible on a wave like Supers, with great style and always tight in the pocket. He banked a score of 8.17 and Brazilian surfer Peterson Crisanto was chasing. Kanoa proceeded to go all the way to town on his final wave and surfed it absolutely to pieces, and deserved the 9.07 score awarded and the win.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Kanoa Igarashi © Kody McGregor

In the Kelly Slater (USA) vs Italo Ferriera (BRA) heat, it was the Brazilian goofy-footer who got off to a flying start, with two quick and well-surfed waves under the belt for a combination score of 14.06, before Kelly had anything on the score board. Two failed waves saw the King with 1.40 and the ocean went flat. When Kelly finally got going on a mid-sized wave, all he could put down was a 5.10 for it, followed by a 7.10. At the final siren Ferreira held onto the lead and Kelly was eliminated, from what is possibly his last event in JBay.

Young star Caroline Marks (USA) continued to show the world why she has been recognized as the New Order, by eliminating defending champion and current world champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in their quarter-final encounter with a series of searing backhand hooks and a very critical backhand close-out reentry for a score of 8.17, the best score of the heat and victory.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Caroline Marks © Kody Mcgregor

The ever-gracious Steph was disappointed. “I had a great opportunity and I had a great wave and I fell off on that floater,” said Steph about her loss. “My biggest problem was that I couldn’t get a finish, the judges really like it when you finish your waves strongly.”

Carissa Moore had an incredible heat against Johanne Defay, by putting down the highest score of the women’s round with a heat total of 17.67, including a fantastic score of a 9.50 for a set wave in which she cracked the lip a few times and finished with a deep barrel through the inside.

There are more waves on the way. The next three days has all sorts of weather and swell, and Commissioner Logie is going to have the luxury of cherry-picking what he needs to finish the event.

Vibe In The Park This Weekend.

The Vibe In The Park music sessions will continue this weekend, with a great lineup of bands and musicians performing at the Supertubes Park.

Friday will see The Sunshine Factory and High Violet perform in the afternoon and evening, while the headline act will be Easy Freak. Saturday will see Black River Gypsy, Panic Station and World Of Birds entertain us, and the headline act will be the popular Matthew Mole.

Full details of shows and times here https://www.jbaywinterfest.com/music-lineup/

We have four Corona hampers up for grabs, and to be in the running all you need to do is download the JBay Winterfest app. Each hamper consists of a Corona bag, a Corona fleece blanket, a Corona hoodie and a tee, a Corona beanie, a bamboo straw and a block of wax.

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The Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event and parking is available in Pepper Street, which is right at the event site. All vehicles with the proper disabled accreditation will be allowed access to Pepper Street that will ensure the event is wheelchair friendly. JOC coordinator Brenton Williams said that event security has been alerted to allow access to vehicles with the Wheelchair Parking Disc.

Williams can be contacted on 083 5496795 should there be any problems trying to access the Corona Open JBay event site.

Media enquiries:  –  Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za   –  082 376 4443 

JBay Winterfest: Big Wins, Big Upsets at the Corona Open JBay  

Jordy Smith takes to the air © Kody McGregor

Saturday offered an excellent day of surfing at the Corona Open JBay, as perfect four-to-six foot waves poured down the point all day for the best surfers in the world. With a strong and powerful swell it was decided to run overlapping heats, so that all could utilize the best conditions.

Jordy Smith was the first surfer to get a wave this morning and went straight to the air, in the opening heat against Soli Bailey from Australia. Jordy surfed a good heat, despite hitting his head while pulling into a barrel, needing a few stitches to sew it closed.

Wildcard surfer Mikey February from Cape Town came up against two times event winner and defending champion Filipe Toledo from Brazil. The Brazilian had the heat all stitched up by the time the clock started ticking out, but Mikey picked up one more great looking wave and pulled into a clean barrel but unfortunately was clipped by the wave, and was knocked out of the competition.

Julian Wilson from Australia was a surprise upset, getting beaten by powerful Hawaiian surfer Ezekial Lau. Wilson is a perennial standout at Supertubes, and his early eliminations will add to his woes on a fast-slipping world title hunt.

Similarly last years’ semifinalist Wade Carmichael was eliminated by Hawaiian maestro Sebastian Zietz. Picking off a great set wave, Zietz got a great tube ride before performing a number of great turns for the highest wave score of the day with 9.07 points out of a possible ten.

Kelly Slater is always a crowd favourite and surfed a powerful heat against Ciao Ibelli from Brazil, and at the end it was the 11 times world champion who came out on top and advanced to the round of 16.

Media enquiries:  –  Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za  –  082 376 4443 

BOOK LAUNCH – THE SEXY UGLY BEAUTIFULS  & EVENING WITH BRITT MERRICK

As part of the JBay Winterfest, Monday 15 July will see a book launch of John McCarthy’s The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls book at 6 pm at the Corona Main Bar at the Corona Open JBay. Described thus: The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls is a rock ‘n’ roll collection of ocean infused adventures; so named after the colourful characters and exotic destinations John discovered in his global quest to ride the perfect wave.”

The book launch will include some readings from McCarthy and books for sale afterwards, with R50 from every copy sold donated to The Supertubes Foundation.

EVENING WITH BRITT MERRICK

JBay Winterfest is also proud to host an evening with Britt Merrick on Tuesday 16 July at 6pm at the Corona Main Bar at the Corona Open JBay. Britt, son of legendary Al Merrick, will be showing a short movie on the Channel Islands surfboard making processes, followed by a Q & A with Merrick.  

WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY SITE

The Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event and parking is available in Pepper Street, which is right at the event site. All vehicles with the proper disabled accreditation will be allowed access to Pepper Street which will ensure the event is wheelchair friendly. JOC co-ordinator Brenton Williams said that event security has been alerted to allow access to vehicles with the Wheelchair Parking Disc.

Williams can be contacted on 083 5496795 should there be any problems trying to access the Corona Open JBay event site.

More information on the JBay Winterfest can be found at www.jbaywinterfest.com  –  The JBay Winterfest is sponsored by Kouga Municipality and Howler – cashless event solutions.

Media enquiries:  –  Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za  –  082 376 4443 

World Class Surfing At Corona Open JBay

Excellent Surf for Elimination Round at Supertubes

Jack Freestone in action © Kody McGregor

Following a short wait at the contest site for the swell to build, the second day of the Corona Open JBay contest kicked off at 11am with the final three heats of the Women’s seeding round. In beautiful azure conditions it was Paige Hareb (NZ) who won the first heat with Courtney Conlogue (USA) in second and Brissa Hennesy from Costa Rica going into eliminations. 

Lakey Peterson (USA) won the next heat and advanced along with Malia Manuel (HAW), with Keely Andrews from Australia going to elims. In the final heat, Caroline Marks (USA) went to town on her backhand to secure the first place, with Tatiana Weston-Webb from Brazil in second and Silvana Lima (BRA) going into eliminations.

In the first of the men’s eliminations the waves were still firing, but it was so inconsistent and not many waves came through during the heat. Jack Freestone dominated from the start with a run of excellent rides, and Ryan Callinan was just behind, with wildcard Beyrick De Vries struggling to find a backup wave. Freestone was on fire and if he stuck his huge forehand air rotation it would have been the move of the event thus far, but he dug in on the landing and floundered. Still, no shame, as he won the heat with relative ease despite a last-minute flurry between Callinan and De Vries.

A later heat saw Jeremy Flores take victory from Frederico Morais, while Jesse Mendes from Brazil was eliminated from the event. The final elimination heat was an all-Brazilian affair, with three of the members of The Storm coming up against each other. There was no teamwork out there, but the waves were still delivering and there were some perfect speed-runs and some big hits. At the siren it was Peterson Crisanto who took the win from Willian ‘The Panda’ Cardosa, and it was Jadson Andre who failed to advance and went off to pack his bags.

The Corona Open JBay has a waiting period until the 22 July.

Elimination round results

Heat 1

  1. Jack Freestone 15.93
  2. Ryan Callinan 11.40
  3. Beyrick De Vries 11.14

Heat 2

  1. Seth Moniz 14.27
  2. Adrian Buchan 12.03
  3. Jorgann Couzinet 11.73

Heat 3

  1. Jeremy Flores 15.84
  2. Frederico Morais 13.23
  3. Jesse Mendes 11.83

Heat 4

  1. Peterson Crisanto 13.07
  2. Willian Cardoso 12.20
  3. Jadson Andre 11.86

Download JBay Winterfest App and Win!

A Corona bag, a Corona fleece blanket, a Corona hoodie and a tee, a Corona beanie, a bamboo straw and a block of wax.

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Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event.

The Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event and parking is available in Pepper Street, which is right at the event site. All vehicles with the proper disabled accreditation will be allowed access to Pepper Street which will ensure the event is wheelchair friendly. JOC co-ordinator Brenton Williams said that event security has been alerted to allow access to vehicles with the Wheelchair Parking Disc.

Williams can be contacted on 083 5496795 should there be any problems trying to access the Corona Open JBay event site.

Media Release  –  Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za  –  082 376 4443

Four South African Surfers To Compete in the Corona Open JBay

De Vries, February and Buitendag to Join Jordy Smith in Jeffreys Bay

Three local wildcards have been announced to join Jordy Smith in the Corona Open JBay – event number six on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) event, set to kick off on Tuesday 9 July. Beyrick De Vries from Durban, Mikey February from Cape Town and Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay will all get a chance to shine amongst the perfect waves of Supertubes during the upcoming contest.

Beyrick de Vries at the Ballito Pro @ Van Gysen

De Vries secured his slot by reaching the round of 16 at the Ballito Pro on the weekend, and in doing so accumulating enough points on the Qualifying Series to become the highest placed South African on that series. De Vries went into the Ballito tournament in 61st place, and Adin Masencamp was sitting at a comfortable 29th place, but after the dust had settled De Vries jumped up to 26th slot, while Masencamp dropped to 38th.

“I have been working towards this for a long time,” said a very excited De Vries after his slot into the JBay event was officially confirmed in Ballito. “I’m obviously very excited to be competing against the best surfers in the world in JBay and I’m going to give it my best shot because I have nothing to lose.”

Mikey February from Cape Town is no stranger to this event, having competed in it twice as a wildcard before, as well as a full CT member last year. He is a superb surfer at Supertubes, knows the wave well, and has a unique style of surfing, that makes him stand out from so many of his peers. He draws different lines on the perfect waves of Jeffreys Bay, and could very easily cause some upsets in the competition.

Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay is the Women’s wildcard and is also a former CT surfer. Her powerful backhand style is well suited to the waves of Supertubes, and last year, competing as a wildcard, she went all the way through to the semifinals where she was defeated by Lakey Peterson (USA) for a third place finish.

Bianca Buitendag © WSL/Cestari

The three surfers will join two-times event champion Jordy Smith, currently rated 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard. With the withdrawal of ratings leader John John Florence from Hawaii, Smith comes into the event as a favourite, and will enjoy his share of local support from the South African fans and spectators.

Download the JBay Winterfest app and stand a chance of winning a hamper comprising a Firewire Slater design Gamma surfboard, a Vissla wetsuit and more.

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Media release: Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za  – 082 376 4443

Winterfest Bowls Tournament Results & Comedy Lineup

BOWLS

24 teams entered the first Winterfest bowling tournament over the weekend and the tournament was a huge success. 10 Games were played over 4 days.

The Plate Event results:

  1. The Woods BC,
    2. Western Subu,
    3. Jeffreys Bay B,
    4. Jeffreys Bay B,
    5. Humansdorp,
    6. Jeffreys Bay B,
    7. Kouga Nomad,
    8. Jeffreys Bay B,
    9. Uitenhage BC,
    10. St Francis Bay,
    11. Jeffreys Bay B,
    12. Jeffreys Bay B

In the Cup Event the results went like this.

  1. WestView
,
    2. The Woods BC,
    3. Jeffreys Bay B,

    4. Knysna,

    5. Jeffreys Bay B,

    6. Mossel Bay B,
7. The Woods BC,

    8. Jeffreys Bay B,

    9. Jeffreys Bay B,

    10. Port Elizabeth,

    11. Jeffreys Bay B,
    12. Jeffreys Bay B

Winterfest Comedy Lineup

Savanna & The Bay Pasta Co. presents smoking hot comedians served up by the coolest joint in town from 2-16 July 2019.

Brendon Peel on Tuesday 9 July at 8pm. Tickets R100.

Melt Sieberhagen on Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July, 8pm. Tickets R100.

Barry Hilton on Tuesday 16 July at 8pm. Tickets R150.

For bookings please contact Sonya on 042 293 3564 or 078 087 2806, or mail her on sonyadoris@gmail.com. The Winter Comedy Fest will take place at The Bay Pasta Co. 34 Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Bay.

Corona JBay Open, Vibe in the Park and the JBay Winterfest are all operating on a cashless system.

Howler is a cashless event solution, and you can load up cash and tap your wristband to pay for food and drink at the Corona JBay Open event site and the Vibe In The Park music sessions. All the information can be found on our website www.jbaywinterfest.com

Download the JBay Winterfest app and stand a chance of winning a hamper comprising a Firewire Slater design Gamma surfboard, a Vissla wetsuit and more.

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Media release: Craig Jarvis  –  info@craigjarvis.co.za  – 082 376 4443