- 07 July 2014 | Surfing
The world's best surfers will ride J-Bay Open 2014 between 10th-20th July, at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.
The best right-hand point break of the African continent will see the Top 34 surfers plus two wildcards battling for points, prize money and honor. Jeffreys Bay is back for good.
After a two-year hiatus from elite competition, the venue adds a technical element to the Dream Tour. This is not just another wave. J-Bay can be tricky and it requires study, knowledge and experience.
"It's a special wave for me personally and has been intertwined with my career since I can remember. The level of surfing on tour this season has been ridiculous. If there are waves, we're going to see some crazy stuff go down," underlines Jordy Smith.
The South African surfer knows Supertubes very well. He has won here, but so did Adriano de Souza. "For sure, it was a special event for me and I'm very proud to have won it. However, it was two years ago and winning a QS event there is much different to winning a WCT - they're just not the same thing," adds De Souza.
Kelly Slater has won at Jeffreys Bay three times (1996, 2003 and 2005), Mick Fanning was victorious here in 2002 and 2006, and Jordy Smith took back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011 and is the defending event winner.
Dylan Lightfoot, the winner of the JBU Supertrials 2014, and Glenn Hall have received the event wildcards. Surf forecasters say there's swell on the horizon.
J-Bay Open 2014 Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Mitch Crews (AUS), Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Owen Wright (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)