Prestigious event survives the peculiar pain of round two…
If you thought the first round of a CT event was a long-haul, the loser round, round two, is worse. All those wildcards chosen to placate locals, all those borderline pro surfers on the slow road to oblivion. The horror of the scene, which soaks up half a day, is made vaguely interesting by those surfers for whom round two is a rarity. It’s like stabbing a bound, defenceless man for no reason at all and then sitting, watching him die, with a dull, meaningless stare.
But something happened last night. The waves switched on a little and the surfing was imperious!
Let’s examine the heat between the Australian Kai Otton and the Brazilian Jadson Andre. Neither surfer would have fans of the sport jamming the turnstiles to watch a heat tween the two and yet, in four-foot runners, not one inch of wave was wasted. As the camera focussed on Otto after a wave he clearly deemed to be better than nine, and mistakenly thinking he’d scored an 8.33, his eyes blazed, his fur twitched and…screw everyone! … he pounded the water. His personal tragedy turned melodious when a 9.33 dropped. What a frightful difference a point makes.
The 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson got pushed up and down hill by the New Zealand rookie Ricardo Christie, both surfers presenting a very uncomplicated approach to J-Bay.
Alejo Muniz beat Taj Burrow and later said he’d been watching and admiring Taj since he was a “little kid”. Alejo is 25 years old; Taj is nearly 40.
Gabriel Medina won a heat! Against Glen Hall!
Jordy Smith uttered a little moan, as if the air was being squeezed out of a little pin-hole, when he lost to Adam Melling with only one scoring wave.
And Filipe! Mercifully, we didn’t lose Filipe! His wrought-up nerves, his slim hunched up shoulders, his humming gouges, slid him past the South African wildcard Michael February.
Let’s sees what unfurls tonight! I look forward to Kelly v Kolohe and Adriano v Dane.
|J-Bay Open Round 2 Results:Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.33 def. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 13.04
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.00 def. Michael February (ZAF) 8.00
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.17 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.77
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 18.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.83
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) 17.10 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 12.10
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.96 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.16
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.00 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.44
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.84 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 18.13
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.90 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.03
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) 18.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.07
Heat 11: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 17.77 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.23
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.80 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.93
J-Bay Open Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 15.40
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.50 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.83
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.94 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.40
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) 16.87 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 8.03
J-Bay Open Round 3 Upcoming Match-Ups:
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)