Brett Simpson

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.

Jordy Smith

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

Mick Fanning getting in some first light practice. Mick beat Heitor Alves and a no-show Bobby Martinez in round two.

Jordy Smith

Jordy and his father cross some South African pride swords.

Jordy Smith

“Look honey, a Jordy Smith.” A not-so-rare, pre-dawn sighting at Jordy’s watering hole of choice.

Julian Wilson

Lose focus? Nah. Julian Wilson signs some pre-heat autographs for the local “lighties.” He won the heat, pink board and all.

Raoni Monterio

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).

Cape Town native and J-Bay savant Sean Holmes is one of the most notorious wild cards on tour. Remember how he had Andy’s number for those few years? Expect that Taj is tossing and turning tonight knowing he’s up against Holmes in round two.

Cape Town native and J-Bay savant Sean Holmes is one of the most notorious wild cards on tour. Remember how he had Andy’s number for those few years? Expect that Taj is tossing and turning tonight knowing he’s up against Holmes in round two.

J-Bay Day 1: The Show Must Go On

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