Lay day called at JBay Open

Declining swell and unfavorable winds on offer at Jeffreys Bay have prompted contest officials to call a fourth consecutive lay day at the JBay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

“It’s an interesting morning and the swell has definitely picked up,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “There are some decent waves out there but the ‘North West wind’ is making it really challenging.

We won’t run any heats today because that swell is dropping. We’ll come back tomorrow and we’re still looking at that swell building throughout the day and looking at a great finish Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess the conditions and make the next call.

When competition resumes, the remaining Quarterfinals match-ups will see exciting battles as the world’s best surfers contest for a place in the Semifinals.

Mick Fanning winning Heat 4 of Round 4.
Mick Fanning winning Heat 4 of Round 4.

11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will face Josh Kerr (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS) will take on 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) will battle Filipe Toledo (BRA).

Hawaiian surfer John John Florence who is already through to the semi finals, has been blasting small Supertubes while free surfing and could well be the man to beat once the contest starts again.

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Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for:

An uptick in SW swell and local windswell shows for Thursday with light to moderate sideshore winds. After a slow start early on Friday we are expecting inconsistent SW swell to build over the afternoon with moderate to strong offshore winds.

SW swell continues Saturday with offshore winds through the morning. Lingering swell and less favorable winds/conditions are expected for Sunday.

The JBay Open forms part of the annual JBay Winterfest, a multi sport and music festival that takes place in Jeffreys Bay every July.

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