Jeffreys Bay is ready to host the descent of top surfers for the Corona Open JBay
The best Championship Tour surfers have arrived in JBay to kick off the Winterfest. The Corona Open JBay is known as the most popular stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), and it is stop number 6 on the 11-event tour. The fabled right-hand point of Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay is ready to host the descent of top surfers for the Corona Open JBay.
Good news is we will witness the 11-times world champion Kelly Slater, who is still very much in the game coming in to Jeffreys Bay. Currently rated at number seven, he is also a veteran at Supertubes, with four event titles to his name. He is always a standout at Supertubes it is a well-known fact that he is hungry for a 12th world title. He has made it known that he will be retiring at the end of this year and wants to finish on a high note.
Due to a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee, two times world champion John John Florence from Hawaii has withdrawn from the event and will not be competing for the rest of the season. This opens up the world title race for the top three surfers: Kolohe Andino from California (currently sitting at number 2 on the rankings); Filipe Toledo (two times defending champion at the Corona Open JBay); South African surfer Jordy Smith (a firm crowd favourite at Supertubes).
In the women’s event, defending champion Steph Gilmore from Australia is currently placed third on the Jeep leaderboard. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Hawaiian Carissa Moore are first and second on the leaderboard respectively, with very little difference in their points. The Corona Open JBay will see a big reshuffle of the ratings on the women’s side.Former CT surfer Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay will be competing in the event as a wildcard. She recently won the inaugural Vic Bay Pro QS 1,000 event at her home break, and finished third at the 2018 Corona Open JBay, losing out to Lakey Peterson (USA) in the semifinals.
Corona Open JBay Men’s Seeding Round Match-ups
Gabriel Medina – Joan Duru – Frederico Morais
Italo Ferreira – Peterson Crisanto – Soli Bailey
Kanoa Igarashi – Jesse Mendes – Adriano de Souza
Jordy Smith – Caio Ibelli – wildcard
Kolohe Andino – Yago Dora – wildcard
Filipe Toledo – Adrian Buchan – replacement
Julian Wilson – Deivid Silva – Jadson Andre
Conner Coffin – Willian Cardoso – Ezekiel Lau
Ryan Callinan – Michael Rodrigues – Ricardo Christie
Kelly Slater – Jeremy Flores – Sebastian Zietz
Michel Bourez – Owen Wright – Jack Freestone
Wade Carmichael -Seth Moniz – Griffin Colapinto
Corona Open JBay Women’s Seeding Round Match-ups
Stephanie Gilmore – Johanne Defay – Macy Callaghan
Carissa Moore – Bronte Macaulay – Sage Erickson
Sally Fitzgibbons – Nikki Van Dijk – Bianca Buitendag
Courtney Conlogue – Brisa Hennessy – Paige Hareb
Jeffreys Bay is ready to host the descent of top surfers for the Corona Open JBay.The Corona JBay Open is the anchor event for the JBay Winterfest, and takes place from 9 – 22 July. 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.