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2016 J-Bay Open Results

A year after his encounter with a shark in Jeffreys Bay, Mick Fanning returned to produce a fairytale finish by winning the J-Bay Open of Surfing after beating John John Florence in an exciting 35 minute final.

Mick Fanning surfing his way to victory at the 2016 J-Bay Open
Mick Fanning

Although only competing in select event due to taking a personal year, Fanning’s win sees him jump up to 5th place on the WSL leaderboard. Florence’s runner-up finish sees him move up to 2nd place in the leaderboard.

John John Florence surfing his way to 2nd place at the 2016 J-Bay Open
John John Florence

Florence scored his best ever result at J-Bay by beating SA’s Jordy Smith in the Quarterfinals and then Josh Kerr in the Semifinal to meet Fanning in the final.

Josh Kerr surfing in the 2016 J-Bay Open
Josh Kerr

Fanning Met Julian Wilson in the Semifinals, a rematch of sorts of last year’s dramatic final. Both opened strong with Wilson getting the lead but a strategic Fanning took the wave of the heat posting a 9.10 to win the heat.

Mick Fanning claiming victory at the 2016 J-Bay Open of Surfing
Mick Fanning

Kelly Slater finished in 5th place after being defeated in the Quarterfinals by Kerr, and sits in 19th on the WSL leaderboard.

Kelly Slater competing in the 2016 J-Bay Open of Surfing
Kelly Slater

J-Bay Open Results

Final
1st Mick Fanning 17.70
2nd John John Florence 17.13

J-Bay Open of Surfing prize giving

Semifinal
SF 1: John John Florence 16.50 defeated Josh Kerr 14.43
SF 2: Mick Fanning 17.10 defeated Julian Wilson 15.17

Quarterfinal
QF 1: John John Florence 10.70 defeated Jordy Smith 10.50
QF 2: Josh Kerr 12.94 defeated Kelly Slater 11.97
QF 3: Julian Wilson 12.33 defeated Gabriel Medina 11.93
QF 4: Mick Fanning 17.64 defeated Filipe Toledo 16.40

Photos by WSL/ Kirstin and WSL / Cestari

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