Stop 6 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour was graced with seven days of flawless conditions – The Corona Open J-Bay today. A perfect and firing JBay resulted in insane performances by the world’s best surfers, including eight perfect 10-point rides and no shortage of drama.
Brazil’s Filipe Toledo showcased a new level of surfing and posted two perfect 10’s leading up to the final where he faced Portugal’s Frederico Morais. Toledo would go in to beat the rookie for the title and moved himself up from 14th to 7th on the leaderboard.
“I can’t believe it. J-Bay is always a contest that’s been my dream to win. To surf perfect waves like we did the entire contest, I’ve got to thank god for the amazing week that we’ve had. I’ve got my entire family here and supporting me. It’s unbelievable and I’m speechless. I think I might leave my hair like this for the rest of the year.” said Toledo.
The final saw exciting exchanges between Toledo and Morais as they matched each other with excellent-range scores in the long sweeping lines of overhead swell peeling down the Supertubes racetrack. With ten minutes left on the clock and Toledo leading, Morais locked in a near-perfect 9.40 to close the gap to just 0.27 points. But even though Toledo left his opponent with priority for the last two minutes of the heat, Morais was not able to surpass Toledo’s total of 18.0 out of 20.
Two time event winner and local favourite, Jordy Smith was on fire and posted a perfect 20-point heat total in Round 3 and another perfect 10 point ride in Round 5. Smith was eliminated in the quarters by Toledo to finish 5th overall.
“This comp has had some amazing points for me and some where I’ve struggled, but overall I’m proud of myself and I stood tall between those moments and dealt with them. Toledo surfed great in that last heat and he definitely got better waves than I did and that’s really the difference out there,” Smith said.
Corona Open J-Bay Results:
1: Filipe Toledo 18.00
2: Frederico Morais 17.73
SF 1: Frederico Morais 17.37 def. Gabriel Medina 14.70
SF 2: Filipe Toledo 16.63 def. Julian Wilson 11.33
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina 17.40 def. Mick Fanning 11.33
Heat 2: Frederico Morais 19.77 def. John John Florence 18.67
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo 18.70 def. Jordy Smith 13.26
Heat 4: Julian Wilson 16.07 def. Matt Wilkinson 14.77
2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard
1 – Matt Wilkinson 31,950 points
2 – John John Florence 31,700 points
3 – Jordy Smith 31,350 points
4 – Owen Wright 30,150 points
5 – Adriano de Souza 27,900 points
Photos by WSL / Cestari.