From footage and imagery, Supertubes seems like the most perfect, machine-like wave, with every pulse grinding down the point identical to the one before it.
She is far from perfect, however. Full of moods, ruffled by winds, affected by the tides, influenced by swell direction and altered by sand build-up, this beauty has many different faces.
There were bombs out there on Day 2 of the JBay Open, and you were either on them, or you weren’t, which is the long-winded way of saying it was inconsistent.
The swell had slightly more south on Thursday, while the wind had a little bit of north, so it was a very different line-up than the day before.
Those in the know patrolled the bottom part of the point, while lesser-experienced competitors hung around the top, wondering what and when she would give.
Jordy Smith, meanwhile, is someone very familiar with what judges like to see at J-Bay. The two-time event champion went to town in his heat against Kolohe.
“With conditions like this, I just had a strategy to get a few decent scores under the belt as soon as possible,” said Jordy.
“It could easily go into a big lull in these conditions, and then you’re just left waiting for a score. At least if you have a few scores on the table you can afford to relax a little.”
J-Bay Open Round 2 Results:
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.07 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 12.90
Heat 6: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.27 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.93
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.17 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 12.17
Heat 8: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 18.27 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.13
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.86 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 14.67
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.67 def Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.44
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.06 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.26
Heat 12: Dusty Payne (HAW) 17.47 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 11.44
J-Bay Open Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.20 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.10
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 14.83 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.93
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.40 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.20
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 11.73 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 5.20
J-Bay Open Upcoming Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 12: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Davey Cathels (AUS)