Festival Wraps Up With Corona Open JBay and Vibe In The Park

Vibe In The Park & Corona JBay Open conclude a very successful JBay Festival 2019

Corona Open JBay winner Gabriel Medina © Kody McGregor

With the conclusion of the Corona Open JBay surfing tournament and the final bands playing in the Vibe In The Park, the JBay Winterfest 2019 has drawn to a close.

It was undoubtedly the biggest and most successful Festival so far, drawing a diversified crowd of fans and spectators to all the events and happenings that took place throughout the festival.

The Endurade JBay X Trail run was a great success, as was the Winterfest Skins Tournament. The inaugural Winterfest Bowls Tournament also was a big hit amongst the bowling tournament. The Funduro is always popular and well attended and this year was no exception, as the motocross fraternity arrived in their droves. The Winter Comedy Festival was also a fantastic addition to the festival lineup.

The Vibe In The Park music sessions in the Supertubes Park went beyond expectations, with crowds thronging to the free music sessions, featuring headline acts like Desmond and the Tutus, Jeremy Loops, Easy Freak and Matthew Mole all attracting the crowds.

Easy Freak © Kody McGregor

Other bands and musicians were equally popular, jamming through the afternoons into the evenings. Bands like Loco Madera, The Rhythm Junkies, Black River Gypsy, The Sunshine Factory, The Steezies, High Violet, Panic Station, World Of Birds and Steve Sawyer all added to the fun and the vibe at this popular music event.  

World Of Birds © Kody McGregor

The Corona Open JBay had a thrilling finish on Friday, with excellent waves arriving on time for the event organisers to run the event off to completion, despite some pretty fierce weather at times.

The women’s event saw Carissa Moore (HAW) take victory from Lakey Peterson (USA) in a close Women’s final. In the Men’s final, two Brazilian goofy-footers fought it out with some brilliant surfing, and in the end it was Gabriel Medina who snatched victory from Italo Ferreira, clinching the deal with a fine back-hand tube ride. Full event replay can be viewed here – Corona Open JBay 2019

Kolohe Andino (USA), semi-finalist in JBay and current Championship Tour leader. © Kody McGregor

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Medina and Moore Win The Corona Open JBay

The champions © Kody McGregor

In one of the most dramatic and exciting finals in a while, Gabriel Medina (BRA) came from behind to wrestle the Corona Open JBay title from an on-form Italo Ferreira (BRA) and become the first goofy-footer to win it since Marc Occhilupo’s audacious victory in 1984.

Needing a 7.04 score in solid, blustery conditions at Supertubes, Medina picked up a set wave, and went about executing some high risk moves underneath and over the falling lip, before setting up for a tube ride on the inside. He emerged from a long double-section tuberide – the best backhand tube of the entire event – to the roars of the crowd and the general expectation that it was a perfect 10–point ride, or very close to it. The judges awarded him a 9.77, and in so doing the winner’s trophy.

Italo Ferreira put on a spirited performance, but it was not enough to oust Medina. He started off the final in the first few seconds of the heat with one of the best waves of the day and was awarded a 9.10 for the ride to the cheers of the assembled crowds. Despite the rain and freezing wind, the spectators gathered and supported by applauding and cheering their surfing heroes throughout the final day’s surfing.

Gabriel Medina © Kody McGregor

In the Corona Open JBay Women’s final, it was a tight battle between Lakey Peterson (USA) and Carissa Moore (HAW). They both fought hard in the excellent offshore conditions, but Moore banked an 8.5 score for one very impressive ride, and took the win from Peterson. Carissa surfed an excellent event and the multiple world champion was over the moon with her win. “I feel like it’s all coming together again,” said an elated Moore after the results were announced. “I didn’t have the best year last year (she finished third in the 2018 ratings) but it feels like something has clicked, that something I am doing is working now.”

Carissa Moore © Kody McGregor

In the Corona Open JBay Women’s final, it was a tight battle between Lakey Peterson (USA) and Carissa Moore (HAW). They both fought hard in the excellent offshore conditions, but Moore banked an 8.5 score for one very impressive ride, and took the win from Peterson. Carissa surfed an excellent event and the multiple world champion was over the moon with her win. “I feel like it’s all coming together again,” said an elated Moore after the results were announced. “I didn’t have the best year last year (she finished third in the 2018 ratings) but it feels like something has clicked, that something I am doing is working now.”

It was a huge day of surfing for the final day of this year’s event. In blustery early morning conditions Medina put on a solid performance against Owen Wright (AUS), and although the Australian had an early lead, it was the Brazilian goofy-footer who emerged victorious.

Kolohe Andino (USA) took to the skies for his encounter against Ace Buchan (AUS) and scored a fairly comfortable win against the elder statesman with a 7.93 score for the massive air reverse sealing the deal.

The first women’s semifinal was an exciting affair, with Carissa Moore picking up some bombs and striding into the lead against the powerful goofy footer Caroline Marks (USA). At the end of the heat it was Moore who took it with a final 8.33 score for a set wave that she performed a number of critical turns all the way to the gully.

The second women’s semi saw last year’s runner-up Lakey Peterson (USA) take on Malia Manuel from Hawaii in the vastly improved conditions. The two natural-footers faced-off and at the closing siren it was Peterson through to the final with a stoked Manuel settling for a very respectable third place.

The first men’s semi once again saw Kolohe Andino take to the air, but it was not enough to get ahead of the Brazilian goofy-footer and current world champion Gabriel Medina. After a last-ditch victory in the round of 16 against Australian Ryan Callinan earlier on in the week, Medina looked like the most hungry surfer in the water in this heat, despite Andino’s aerial surfing prowess.

In the second semi it looked like it was all set to be another goofy-footed Brazilian in the final when Italo Ferreira went to town on one of the set waves and banked a 9.5. Up against two times winner and defending champion Filipe Toledo, also from Brazil, Italo threw caution to the wind and went for some huge moves on his backhand for the win. In the end it was Ferreira who did enough, and Toledo was thwarted from achieving a hat-trick of wins at the event.

Medina goes into the seventh spot on the Jeep Leaderboard Men’s ratings while Moore takes the number one spot in the Women’s, and the Yellow Jersey. 

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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.

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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

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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