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Filipe Toledo Wins the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

Brazil’s Filipe Toledo won the Men’s Corona Open J-Bay for the second year in a row. The Brazilian lit up 1.3 – 2 metre waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay to win the sixth stop the World Surf League Championship Tour and vault to World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Toledo’s back-to-back win came with spectacular performances throughout the entire event. Out of the top ten highest single-wave scores of the Corona Open J-Bay, five belonged to Toledo. The same was true for the event’s highest heat total, where Toledo was responsible for five of the top ten.

Filipe Toledo surfing in the 2018 Corona Open J-BayFilipe Toledo

The final between Wade Carmichael and Filipe Toledo saw big scores thrown in the J-Bay lineup. Carmichael opened the exchange with a commanding 7.33, but Toledo was on the next wave to challenge the Australian with an 8.50. The back-and-forth battle continued with only one-tenth of a point separating the two surfers at the halfway mark. The Brazilian then opened the gap with a critical 8.33, but gave the Australian one last opportunity to challenge. In the dying seconds of the heat, Carmichael attempted a big aerial manoeuvre but missed the landing and the scoring opportunity, giving Toledo the win.

Wade Carmichael surfing in the 2018 Corona Open J-BayWade Carmichael

In his first time competing at the Corona Open J-Bay, Carmichael claimed a stunning second-place result with big wins over event favourite Jordy Smith in the Semifinals and Conner Coffin in the Quarterfinals. The 25-year-old from the Central Coast of Australia showed today that he is fast becoming a mainstay among the world elite with a boost to World No. 6.

Jordy Smith surfing in the 2018 Corona Open J-BayJordy Smith

Carmichael stopped local hero Jordy Smith from earning his third event win at this year’s Corona Open J-Bay. The extremely close Semifinal saw Carmichael garner a 13.77 two-wave total to Smith’s 13.30. The 0.47-point difference eliminated Smith in equal 3rd place.

Filipe Toledo wins the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Final Results:
1st Filipe Toledo 16.80
2nd Wade Carmichael 15.33

2018 Corona Open J-Bay podium

Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Wade Carmichael 13.77 defeated Jordy Smith 13.30
SF 2: Filipe Toledo 18.90 defeated Kanoa Igarashi 14.17

Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Wade Carmichael 12.87 defeated Conner Coffin 10.40
QF 2:Jordy Smith 13.43 defeated Julian Wilson 12.96
QF 3: Filipe Toledo 17.50 defeated Gabriel Medina 16.03
QF 4: Kanoa Igarashi 15.17 defeated Sebastian Zietz 12.44

2018 Men’s WSL CT Jeep Leaderboard (After the Corona Open J-Bay):
1st Filipe Toledo 35,900 points
2nd Julian Wilson 31,960 points
3rd Gabriel Medina 25,685 points
4th Italo Ferreira 25,415 points
5th Jordy Smith 21,910 points

Photos by WSL / Cestari.

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