Are you superstitious?
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa is no slouch when it comes to being the stage for historically significant moments in professional surfing. Home to that picturesque right-hander that seems as it has peeled right out of our fevered dreams and into reality, the greats have left indelible marks reverberating through time and space.
Who could ever forget Filipe Toledo’s “perfect heat on one wave” in 2017?
Tom Curren dropping his own 10 on Mark Occhilupo in 2015?
Jordy Smith in 2014.
To say nothing of Mick Fanning versus The Shark.
But this upcoming offering, the Corona Open J-Bay presented by Corona 2022 has a shot at being the greatest of all time, or at least World Surf League CEO Erik Logan is hopeful that it does. Surfline, the official WSL forecast sponsor, has issued a rare “pumping” for conditions that should build through the back half of the week. Surf fans, exhausted after Brazil, El Salvador, G-Land, etc. are sanguine but also extremely superstitious and not wanting to jinx.
Much silence and knocking on wood.
ELo, though, ever bold responded to a young fan on Instagram declaring, “I’m calling it here and now. This event is going to go down as one of the greatest events in jbay history. The swell forecast is absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to watch it go down,” with a hopeful praying hands emoji.
Punching the very idea of luck right in the mouth.
Do you agree? Are we in for the treat of all treats?
More as the story develops.