Intense day of surfing at the J-Bay Open 2016

July 6, 2016 | Surfing
"Mick Fanning: fired up at Jeffreys Bay | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The J-Bay Open 2016 has already sent four surfers home. The opening day of competition delivered solid three-to-five-foot waves pumping down the line.

But the most intense moment was when Mick Fanning paddled out for the first heat in Jeffreys Bay after the shark attack suffered last year during the final against Julian Wilson. Fanning overcame his fears and won his Round 1 heat.

"I got here early but then hurt my ankle so had to sit on the sidelines and watch the amazing waves go through. The medical staff has worked wonders, and I've got it taped up. I feel good when I'm up and riding and each day my ankle gets better and better. It's great to get back out there," expressed Fanning.

Wilson has reasons to be happy, too. The Australian felt confident in the South African right-hander and stole the highest scores of the day from the judging panel. The splendid performance was worth 18.77 points.

"It's so nice out there today; there's plenty of swell on the opening day, and it's incredible to be back. It's one of the best heats I've had all year and the conditions are really nice. I'm just enjoying the waves here, and it feels good to have a strong heat," added Julian Wilson.

Kelly Slater had a tough heat, but he is through to Round 3 after defeating Filipe Toledo, and Matt Banting. Slater found a last-minute gem, got barreled twice, and completed his ride with a functional floater.

"Jeffreys Bay is so special because there aren't many point breaks that barrel like here. I probably could have maximized a couple of other waves earlier in the heat and not put the stress on myself," noted Slater.

Gabriel Medina seems fit for an intense world title race. The Brazilian prodigy stormed his heat and put Dusty Payne and Alex Ribeiro in a combination situation. Who will stop him?

"I like J-Bay. It is a tricky wave but, at the same time, it is good. I found a good board and tried to go for the set waves. I am feeling good. After Fiji, I have not been surfing, and that was my second surf, so it feels good to surf well and make the heat," concluded Medina.

J-Bay Open 2016 | Round 2 Results

Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 8.47 def. Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 7.93
John John Florence (HAW) 17.27 def. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 11.77
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.54 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.34
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.50 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 3.87

J-Bay Open 2016 | Round 2 Match-Ups

Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Nat Young (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Dusty Payne (HAW) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)

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