Day 2 of the Corona Open J-Bay saw the completion of the Men’s Round 2 and the first four heats of Round 3. The eliminations knocked out fourteen competitors after they competing in the four-to-six foot waves at Jeffreys Bay.
Joel Parkinson put on a clinic at Supertubes with a near-perfect 9.37 and a solid 7.50. Unfortunately for World No. 6, Michel Bourez, Parkinson’s rhythm stopped his chances of a fourth Quarterfinal berth this season.
Jordy Smith had the crowd roaring with his win over rookie Tomas Hermes in Round 3 Heat 3. The local favourite made his intentions clear with his powerful carves against the Brazilian. Hermes will be sent home with an Equal 13th place result, while Smith marches on to Round 4.
Smith also eliminated Kelly Slater in Round 2 Heat 4. The South African found an early rhythm and the best waves for an excellent 8.00 and 6.33. Missing a few key opportunities, including an exit from a deep tube, Slater was unable to meet the 7.27-point requirement.
Adrian Buchan ended Michael February’s run in Round 2. In his third time competing in the Corona Open J-Bay, February hoped for a better result now that he is a full-time competitor on the elite CT but just 0.83 points separated him from advancing to the next stage.
In a heated matchup to close out the day, 2017 event runner-up Frederico Morais went up against Kolohe Andino. Andino threw up an impressive air-reverse but still fell short to Morais’ 15.67 combined score. Andino will exit in Equal 13th place, while Morais continues his hunt for a back-to-back Finals berth.
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Remaining Round 2 (H3-12) Results
Heat 3: Michel Bourez 12.16 defeated Miguel Pupo 11.50
Heat 4: Jordy Smith 14.33 defeated Kelly Slater 11.74
Heat 5: Owen Wright 14.26 defeated Ian Gouveia 14.23
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan 13.33 defeated Michael February 12.50
Heat 7: Michael Rodrigues 14.47 defeated Keanu Asing 10.70
Heat 8: Wade Carmichael 16.14 defeated Joan Duru 11.34
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza 13.80 defeated Patrick Gudauskas 12.77
Heat 10: Mikey Wright 16.17 defeated Jesse Mendes 15.26
Heat 11: Connor O’Leary 17.16 defeated Ezekiel Lau 13.57
Heat 12:Tomas Hermes 14.07 defeated Matt Wilkinson 13.30
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Round 3 (H1-4) Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson 16.87 defeated Michel Bourez 15.80
Heat 2: Conner Coffin 16.57 defeated Adrian Buchan 15.30
Heat 3: Jordy Smith 14.07 defeated Tomas Hermes 12.63
Heat 4: Frederico Morais 15.67 defeated Kolohe Andino 14.53
Photos by WSL / Cestari / Tostee.