J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2016 WSL J-Bay Open.

H6: 1. Matt Wilkinson 24. Davie Cathels 36. Steven Sawyer
H5: 2. Gabriel Medina 23. Dusty Payne 35. Alex Ribeiro
H4: 3. Adriano de Souza 22. Josh Kerr 34. Kai Otton
H3: 4. John John Florence 21. Kanoa Igarashi 33. Kenau Asing
H2: 5. Italo Ferreira 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Ryan Callinan
H1: 6. Mick Fanning 19. Conner Coffin 31. Alejo Muniz
H7: 7. Filipe Toledo 18. Kelly Slater 30. Matt Banting
H8: 8. Adrian Buchan 17. Kolohe Andino 29. Jadson Andre
H9: 9. Jordy Smith 16. Wiggolly Dantas 28. Adam Melling
H10: 10. Caio Ibelli 15. Joel Parkinson 27. Jeremy Flores
H11: 11. Julian Wilson 14. Nat Young 26. Jack Freestone
H12: 12. Sebastian Zietz 13. Michel Bourez 25. Stuart Kennedy

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Fantasy Filter

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Fantasy Filter 2016

Ross Williams' picks

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his fantasy filter pundit pick list for the 2016 J-Bay Open in South Africa, the 6th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Tier A: Wilko, JJF
Tier B: Mick, Parko, Julian
Tier C: Slater, Callinan

J-Bay is a long wave — a fast wave — so any issues get completely magnified: a funky style, a bad board, any problem linking your turns. The guys who flow — Mick, Parko, Jordy — completely stand out above the rest here, more than any other wave on Tour. And another thing that really sets it apart is the wave dictates everything: where you can turn, get barreled, race, relax. Surfers have to read the wave properly at J-Bay or they’re toast. You don’t really get a choice in the matter. You do what the wave calls for, and you better do it quick, or your opportunity is lost.

– Ross Williams -more-

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J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2016

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2016

Jimmicane’s Passion Pick

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2016 J-Bay Open, the 6th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

J-Bay has been firing and quite a few of the world’s best have flown/driven over early to get a slice of the action. Looks like more swell with offshores Wednesday/Thursday so have your team ready for action.

Wilko
JJF
Conner
Kolohe
Jordy
Wiggolly
Slater
Otton

– Jimmicane -more-

J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks

J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks 2016

J-Bay Open: Groundswell's Pundit Picks

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold J-Bay Open pundit picks for 2016. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Slater, Wilko, Fanning

COLD: Toledo, Pupo, Riberio

ROLLS THOSE DICE: JJF, SeaBass, Italo

BEWARE: Parko

– Groundswell -more-

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J-Bay Open: Past Results 2010-2015

J-Bay Open: Past Results 2011-2015

Here are the J-Bay Open past results and winners from 2011-2015. The Championship Tour did not stop at Jeffreys Bay in 2012 or 2013.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2015 Great White Shark Mick Fanning
Julian Wilson
Adrian Buchan
Kelly Slater
Kai Otton
Adriano de Souza
Gabriel Medina
Alejo Muniz
Nat Young
Wiggolly Dantas
Michel Bourez
Keanu Asing
2014 Mick Fanning Joel Parkinson Matt Wilkinson
Owen Wright
Taj Burrow
Gabriel Medina
Adriano de Souza
Alejo Muniz
Josh Kerr
Kolohe Andino
CJ Hobgood
Fred Patacchia
2011 Jordy Smith Mick Fanning Ace Buchan
Joel Parkinson
Alejo Muniz
Damien Hobgood
Josh Kerr
Julian Wilson
Bede Durbidge
Daniel Ross
Adam Melling
Michel Bourez
2010 Jordy Smith Adam Melling Bede Durbidge
Taj Burrow
Adriano De Souza
Damien Hobgood
Dane Reynolds
Sean Holmes
Adrian Buchan
Owen Wright
Matt Wilkinson
Andy Irons

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL J-Bay Open.

Note: JJF, Flores & Banting are out with injuries.

H6: 1. Adriano De Souza 24. Kolohe Andino 36. Slade Prestwich
H5: 2. Mick Fanning 23. Michael February 35. Tomas Hermes
H4: 3. Filipe Toledo 22. Adam Melling 34. Dane Reynolds
H3: 4. Owen Wright 21. Kai Otton 33. CJ Hobgood
H2: 5. Julian Wilson 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Alejo Muniz
H1: 6. Taj Burrow 19. Michel Bourez 31. Brett Simpson
H7: 7. Josh Kerr 18. Sebastian Zietz 30. Dusty Payne
H8: 8. Kelly Slater 17. Matt Wilkinson 29. Glenn Hall
H9: 9. Nat Young 16. Wiggolly Dantas 28. Adrian Buchan
H10: 10. Italo Ferreira 15. Jadson Andre 27. Fred Patacchia
H11: 11. Bede Durbidge 14. Jordy Smith 26. Ricardo Christie
H12: 12. Gabriel Medina 13. Joel Parkinson 25. Keanu Asing

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour at the famous right point break in South Africa.

J-Bay is one of those few locales that can take an unruly open-ocean swell and transform it into corduroy perfection. Serving up everything from an easy entry and racing wall to ruler-edged tube sections that appear to stretch on forever, J-Bay truly has it all. Watching the tour’s upper echelon— Slater, Smith, Parko, Fanning— maximize every opportunity with minimum excess can be a mesmerizing show. However, watching a lesser surfer struggle to find their line or flow as they butcher a beautiful canvas can leave you questioning the future of our sport. Of the young crew, not many look prepared to match the veterans at a wave like Jeffrey’s. My Fantasy Surfer team is composed of a mix of surfers that have either proven themselves here before or have impressed me this year at other spots.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,000,000
Jordy Smith $7,250,000
Joel Parkinson $8,500,000
Dane Reynolds $1,500,000
Julian Wilson $8,250,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
Owen Wright $9,250,000

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J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em: Mick, Slater, Bede, Parko, Jordy, SeaBass, Melling, Dane
Maybe consider: Owen, Medina, Muniz

A couple weeks ago I sat in a boat, merely yards away, as Owen Wright made history scoring two perfect 10 point rides, twice, in one event. I screamed at the top of my lungs. I high-fived everyone within reach. I celebrated in the Cloudbreak channel with Owen during an all-time moment in his life. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed… …and he wasn’t on my fantasy team.

– Jimmicane -more-

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J-Bay Open: Nick Carroll’s Picks

J-Bay Open: Nick Carroll’s Picks 2015

Nick's picks

Nick’s picks

Nick Carroll gives his pundit review of the J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

SPEED: Parko, Jordy, Slater, Mick, Bede, Melling, ADS, Toledo, Keanu
WEIGHT: Parko, Jordy, Slater, Mick, Owen, Julian, Bede, Ace, Ricardo, Dane, ADS
VISION: Toledo, Wilko, Jordy, Italo, Kolohe, Julian, Freddy-P
PRIORITY: ADS, Mick, Slater, Owen

OK here comes the most testing event of 2015. Jeffreys Bay, we sense, is about to put the top 34 through the goddam wringer.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Julian, Wilko, Keanu
Sit ‘Em: Kerr, Jadson, Hall
Darkhorse: Melling

Cloudbreak and Supertubes both require a high surfing IQ: Surfers who match their tempo with the speed of the wave have the most success. You need to take in the information the wall ahead is giving well before the time comes to launch your choice of maneuvers. That’s what makes guys like Tom Curren, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Jordy Smith so great at Jeffreys Bay. Just like Fiji, J-Bay can be inconsistent, so a surfer’s ability to shrug off the pressure while he waits for that one perfect wave is key.

– Ross Williams -more-

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