JBay – after a short wait at the contest site for the swell to build, the second day of the Corona Open JBay contest kicked off at 11am with the final three heats of the Women’s seeding round. In beautiful azure conditions it was Paige Hareb (NZ) who won the first heat with Courtney Conlogue (USA) in second and Brissa Hennesy from Costa Rica going into eliminations.
Lakey Peterson (USA) won the next heat and advanced along with Malia Manuel (HAW), with Keely Andrews from Australia going to elims. In the final heat, Caroline Marks (USA) went to town on her backhand to secure the first place, with Tatiana Weston-Webb from Brazil in second and Silvana Lima (BRA) going into eliminations.
In the first of the men’s eliminations the waves were still firing, but it was so inconsistent and not many waves came through during the heat. Jack Freestone dominated from the start with a run of excellent rides, and Ryan Callinan was just behind, with wildcard Beyrick De Vries struggling to find a backup wave. Freestone was on fire and if he stuck his huge forehand air rotation it would have been the move of the event thus far, but he dug in on the landing and floundered. Still, no shame, as he won the heat with relative ease despite a last-minute flurry between Callinan and De Vries.
A later heat saw Jeremy Flores take victory from Frederico Morais, while Jesse Mendes from Brazil was eliminated from the event. The final elimination heat was an all-Brazilian affair, with three of the members of The Storm coming up against each other. There was no teamwork out there, but the waves were still delivering and there were some perfect speed-runs and some big hits. At the siren it was Peterson Crisanto who took the win from Willian ‘The Panda’ Cardosa, and it was Jadson Andre who failed to advance and went off to pack his bags.
The Corona Open JBay has a waiting period until the 22 July.
Elimination round results
- Jack Freestone 15.93
- Ryan Callinan 11.40
- Beyrick De Vries 11.14
- Seth Moniz 14.27
- Adrian Buchan 12.03
- Jorgann Couzinet 11.73
- Jeremy Flores 15.84
- Frederico Morais 13.23
- Jesse Mendes 11.83
- Peterson Crisanto 13.07
- Willian Cardoso 12.20
- Jadson Andre 11.86
We have four Corona hampers up for grabs, and to be in the running all you need to do is download the JBay Winterfest app. Each hamper consists of a Corona bag, a Corona fleece blanket, a Corona hoodie and a tee, a Corona beanie, a bamboo straw and a block of wax.
The Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event and parking is available in Pepper Street, which is right at the event site. All vehicles with the proper disabled accreditation will be allowed access to Pepper Street which will ensure the event is wheelchair friendly. JOC co-ordinator Brenton Williams said that event security has been alerted to allow access to vehicles with the Wheelchair Parking Disc.
Williams can be contacted on 083 5496795 should there be any problems trying to access the Corona Open JBay event site.