Small and inconsistent surf on offer at Jeffreys Bay has prompted contest officials to call a lay day at the J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). With the swell expected to fill in through the afternoon, the stage is set for an exciting final day of competition at the J-Bay Open tomorrow.
“Unfortunately there aren’t enough waves right now to get the Quarterfinals underway,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “There are some sets, which is a positive sign for tomorrow, but not enough for today. We’re looking at a much better morning tomorrow with sets hopefully in the overhead range so we plan to finish the event then.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess the conditions and make the next call.
When competition resumes, the remaining Quarterfinals match-ups will see exciting battles as the world’s best surfers contest for a place in the Semifinals and the event title.
11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will take on Josh Kerr (AUS) for a place in the Semifinals against John John Florence (HAW).
Julian Wilson (AUS) will take on 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and the winner will move forward to the Semifinals and match-up against either three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) or Filipe Toledo (BRA).
Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for:
After a slow start early on Friday we are expecting lully/inconsistent SW swell to build over the afternoon with increasing offshore winds. SW swell continues Saturday with moderate offshore winds. Lingering swell and less favorable winds/conditions are expected for Sunday.
The J-Bay Open has a competitive window from July 6 – 17, 2016 and will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com
J-Bay Open Upcoming Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)