Even “small” J-Bay is fun as hell. And with Jordy, Julian, Dusty and so many others suited and booted and keen to compete, who needs Kelly (in Fiji), Dane (in the Orient) and Bobby (laid up with some busted ribs)? Not us.
(No but really, come back soon guys.)
All photos by Ryan Miller
Brett Simpson lost out to Joel Parkinson in round one. If the waves stay like this (and it’s said that they will), we predict that Brett will beat Adam Melling in round two.
Posting the highest heat total of the day (16.87), defending champ Jordy Smith took advantage of small waves and light onshore wind with airs and tail chucks and what not during his first-round win over Sean Holmes and Adam Melling.
Mick Fanning getting in some first light practice. Mick beat Heitor Alves and a no-show Bobby Martinez in round two.
Lose focus? Nah. Julian Wilson signs some pre-heat autographs for the local “lighties.” He won the heat, pink board and all.
This is just fine form. Raoni Monteiro lost to Parko in the first round, but looked good doing it — and that’s really what matters (unless you’re trying to requalify).