Spectacular waves ignite the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay

July 17, 2017 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo: he scored a Perfect 10 at J-Bay | Photo: Tostee/WSL

Filipe Toledo surfed the first Perfect 10-point wave of the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay, in South Africa.

The Brazilian wonder boy stormed the second day of competition in flawless five-to-eight-foot surf at Supertubes. Toledo won his Round 2 heat with a near-perfect two-wave total of 19.63 points.

"It feels good to be back.You just have to enjoy it out there. Our heat was definitely amazing with pumping surf non-stop. My froth level is over the moon," expressed Toledo.

But the controversial moment of the day arrived when Kolohe Andino's barrel ride was suddenly interrupted by a bodyboarder who dropped in on the American. Despite the complaints, the judged decided not to resurf the heat, and Jadson Andre moved through to Round 3.

"Yesterday I went for a free surf and pulled into a barrel and fell. My fins went straight into my head, and I had six stitches and broke my favorite board. This time I just focused on getting the right waves," added Andre.

Owen Wright defeated Ethan Ewing with a couple of mid-range scores and hopes to defend his yellow jersey at J-Bay.

"It was a scrappy heat, but it played out to my advantage. I felt like it was going to be a slow one, so I knew I needed to get going. When you don't get the best wave of the heat it's tough to come back," concluded Wright.

Meanwhile, Kelly Slater announced that he has withdrawn from competition after breaking two bones in his foot while free surfing and Boneyards.

2017 Corona Open J-Bay | Round 3 Match-Ups

Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Connor O'Leary (AUS) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)

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