Epic quarterfinal matchups set at J-Bay

After nine days of marginal conditions, holds, and re-starts, Jeffrey finally showed up to the party. First light this morning at Supertubes revealed the new swell and ultra clean conditions for a full day of competition. It could not have come at a better time as the contest must finish by tomorrow.

Some incredible heats were surfed today, with some of the most progressive surfing ever witnessed at the famed right point. The waves were a solid 6 foot plus with calm to light winds.

There were some huge upsets today, none bigger than the dispatching of Adriano de Souza by fellow Brazilian and tour rookie Alejo Muniz in heat 10 of round 3. Adriano has struggled since his victory on home soil in Rio, and that trend continued today as De Souza looked off his game, falling awkwardly on several good waves. With his round 3 loss he hands the word tour lead to Joel Parkinson, who is still in the event.

The other big upset occured 2 heats later when Josh Kerr went absolutely bananas to beat Taj Burrow. Kerrzy pulled off 2 incredible flapjack/club sandwich/nosepick/inverted grab-rail reverses on his two scoring rides as Taj struggled to put together 2 strong waves. With Kelly and Adriano out, this was a huge opportunity to gain points, and it showed as the heat ended, a fuming Taj splashing water at the judges as they read his last score. Not much to complain about, in fact I felt they heavily underscored Josh’s best wave, and overscored Taj on his best. Mr Burrow is not accustomed to getting smoked in good waves like that.

Every year it seems like there is one goofyfoot, chosen by the gods, who seems to figure out the wave here.One guy who seems to be riding a different wave than all the other goofies. Crack the code, so to speak. This year it’s Adrian Buchan. In his 3-man round 4 heat he had the toughest draw of the round, facing Jordy and Julian. He started with a high 9 and was able to fend of an en fuego Jules WIlson to hang on for the victory.

Jordy didn’t seem to show up for the aforementioned heat with Jules and Ace, and undoubtedley upset, he was able to take it out on Bede Durbidge in the next round. Mr Smith would put in the performance of the event with a 2 wave total of 18.30 out of 20. The local hero and defending champ employed his mixture of power surfing with tail-high antics for 2 giant scores including a 9.47 in the dying minutes for a big set capped off with an air-reverse on the inside racetrack.

Julian WIlson is enjoying his best career result in a world tour event here at Jeffrey’s. The rookie even scored a perfect ten against Kieren Perrow for long double tube ride.

The quarterfinals are now set, and the matchups are looking quite exciting. For Julian, Josh, and Alejo this result is huge already, as it ensures their safety for the August cutoff. Conditions are expected to deteriorate slightly and the swell is tapering off for tomorrow, but luckily we are at J-Bay, so an average day like the one expected tomorrow is still world-class in anyones book.

Check the event live here.

Heat 1:
Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.17
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.63 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.67
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.76 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.34
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.70 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.77
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.00 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.00
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.53 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.20
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.80
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.64 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.33
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 13.43 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.44
Heat 10: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.93 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.04
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.30 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.60
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.20

Heat 1:
Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.17, Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.70
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS)17.54 , Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.17
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.57, Adam Melling (AUS) 16.43, Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.27
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS)16.40, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.37

Heat 1:
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.30 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.93
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.26 def. Dan Ross (AUS) 11.33
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.26 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.16
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.96 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.40

QF 1:
Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
QF 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)