After watching great waves all morning, it was decided to proceed with the quarterfinals of the JBay Open. The first quarterfinal matchup was between Jordy Smith from South Africa and Hawaiian surfer John John Florence.

The two surfers paddled out for their heat this morning and somewhat bizarrely, the waves grinded to a virtual halt. In fact, no waves were ridden in the first 15 minutes of the 35-minute heat, and the contest organisers were forced to restart the heat.

Eventually after a sudden flurry of waves at the end of their heat, the win changed hands a few times but it was eventually the popular Hawaiian surfer who got the nod over his South African counterpart.

“Stoked to make it through, that was a scary heat,” said John John after his heat, as the final scores were announced.

Jordy Smith was frustrated after the heat, but always upbeat and positive. “I’m just super bummed out right now,” said Jordy. “Still, that’s why we love surfing, for these kinds of reasons, you know. Hopefully I can get the bump on the next one.”

Video highlights of the heat here – ;

To see the surfers reactions to the results go here –

Jordy finding form

Jordy finding form ©Kody McGregor

The JBay Open forms part of the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour. The waiting period for the contest runs until Sunday 17 July, and there are only 6 heats left to run. For more information or for more video recaps, go to
Jordy Smith in action ©Kody McGregor.

The JBay Winterfest takes place from 6 – 17 July 2016. Other events include the JBayX extreme trail running event, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Fishing Skins Competition and PSG Catch A Nissan, the Kite Display as well as the Lumo Run and much more.

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The JBay Winterfest is proudly presented by Woodlands Dairy.

Co-sponsors include Oakley, Kouga Municipality, RVCA, First Choice and Corona.

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