OUR top Australian surfers have had a successful opening round at the J-Bay Open, including stars Julian Wilson, Stephanie Gilmore and Stephanie Gilmore.
Wilson breezed through his opening battle, posting a two-wave score of 13.97 to defeat Deivid Silva (10.6) and Jadson Andre (10.56).
Fitzgibbons also cruised to victory, scoring 12.60 to edge out fellow Australian Nikki Van Dijk (10.30) and South African local Bianca Buitendag (9.83).
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Gilmore posted a two-wave score of 14.80 to beat Johanne Defay (12.57) and Macy Callaghan (8.40) to move into the third round and said she’s as fired up as ever to claim another CT victory.
The Australian impressed the judges with the highest scores of the women’s heats so far but most people are still talking about her ride at the WSL Rising Tides on Monday, which could be the best wave of the event.
“Rising Tides was really special yesterday,” said Gilmore.
“We are out here chasing trophies, but those are the moments that you remember when you are on Tour. Just hanging out and spending time with those young girls, maybe it will make their day and maybe it will inspire them to go on to bigger and better things. It just gets them excited about surfing. That is really the most important thing.”
Fellow Australians Owen Wright, Soli Bailey, Wade Carmichael, Bronte Macaulay, Nikki Van Dijk are also through to the third round.
Adrian Buchan, Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan and Macy Callaghan will have to battle it out in the elimination heats.
There are still three heats left in the first round of the women’s event.
Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Seeding Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.03 DEF. Joan Duru (FRA) 10.57, Frederico Morais (PRT) 9.00
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.43 DEF. Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.67, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 10.34
Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.16 DEF. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 7.33, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 6.74
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.77 DEF. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.27, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 8.67
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.43 DEF. Yago Dora (BRA) 9.84, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 8.30
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.60 DEF. Michael February (ZAF) 12.83, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.77
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.97 DEF. Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.56
Heat 8: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 13.17 DEF. Conner Coffin (USA) 11.84, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 5.27
Heat 9: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 10.66 DEF. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 9.03, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 6.10
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.40 DEF. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.67, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.27
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (FRA) 12.24 DEF. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.00, Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.86
Heat 12: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.24 DEF. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.23, Seth Moniz (HAW) 10.83
Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 2: Seth Moniz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 4: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Seeding Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.80 DEF. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.57, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.40
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.33 DEF. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.70, Sage Erickson (USA) 9.97
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.60 DEF. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.30, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.83