- 10 July 2014 | Surfing
Jordy Smith scored a Perfect 10-point wave in the opening rides of the 2014 J-Bay Open, at Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa.
Smith was the standout performer of the day with the highest two-wave heat total of the 2014 season. The classic five-to-seven foot (1.5 - 2.1 metres) swell lines hit Supertubes with God's hand.
The South African defeated Owen Wright and Jadson Andre by boasting a deadly combination of local knowledge, the athleticism to take on Supertubes' fast, steep waves, and the pressure to bring in a good score after an early season of mixed results.
"To have the contest back in Jeffreys Bay is a brilliant feeling. Not only for the surfers but also for the local people. All the kids get to see their idols surf this wave," says Jordy Smith.
"This is one of the best right-hand points in the world and it's an incredible thing that they've brought this event back. I've been coming here since I was seven years old, and I have a real connection with the wave and all the people in the town of J-Bay."
Kelly Slater got over Mitch Crews event wildcard Dylan Lightfoot using his experience, high-scored tubes and frontside hacks.
"I'm stoked to be back in J-Bay. I love this place, and I've had some really special moments out here at Supertubes. It's a magical wave and is legendary around the world. It's also a tough wave; you have pick your speed up and pick your sections. You really have to get ahead of the wave," says the 11-time surfing champion.
In Round 2, Gabriel Medina survived an early elimination with a flawless air reverse, against local wildcard Dylan Lightfoot.
"I knew that the heat against Dylan Lightfoot was going to be a tough one, local guys at every event are always hard to beat. I don't want to think too much about being the top seed on Tour at the moment. I just want to surf, have fun and try to do my best," concludes Medina.
In the last heat of the first day of competition, Julian Wilson pulled a massive Alley-Oop in front of Glenn Hall to advance into Round 3.