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.
Jordy and his father cross some South African pride swords.
“Look honey, a Jordy Smith.” A not-so-rare, pre-dawn sighting at Jordy’s watering hole of choice.
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).
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.