Saturday 17 March 2018 / 05:17 PM

Lay day at J-Bay but swell on the way

A third second consecutive lay day has been called at the J-Bay Open, Stop No. 6 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). Another day of small surf at Jeffreys Bay and good conditions expected for the coming weekend have prompted event organizers to call competition off for the day.

“Unfortunately today there isn’t enough out there so we won’t be running any heats,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner said. “We’ll come back tomorrow morning. We know we have to be done by Sunday but the good news is that we’ve got a great looking forecast for the weekend and we’re confident of finishing the event in great waves”.

When competition resumes Heat 3 of Round 4 will see reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) take on 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) in an all-star match-up.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for:

Small surf prevails Friday. Strong SW to SSW swell will build in through the weekend, likely peaking late Saturday through Sunday morning. Local wind will be highly dynamic with variable but, at least at times, favorable flow possible on Saturday. The first half of Sunday will likely see N/devil wind, before conditions potentially improve later Sunday afternoon and evening.

The J-Bay Open will be webcast LIVE on

The world’s best surfing will also be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and on Globo TV in Brazil.

The J-Bay Open is the showcase event at the J-Bay Winterfest, a multi-sport and music festival in Jeffreys Bay from July 8 – 19. More details at

J-Bay Open Round 4 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)

Heat 2: Nat Young (USA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kelly Slater (USA)

Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW), Michel Bourez (PYF), Alejo Muniz (BRA)

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