Dane Reynolds gets JBay Open wildcard

2015-07-02 06:00
Dane Reynolds gets JBay Open wildcard. 

Dane Reynolds gets JBay Open wildcard. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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THE world’s best surfers are just days away from competing at Jeffreys Bay for stop number six on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour, the JBay Open.

The event holds a competitive window of eleven days from July 8 to 19 and is the only CT stop on the African continent.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Filipe Toledo (BRA) continue to hold first and second place on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard heading into the JBay Open with Fiji standout Owen Wright (AUS) close behind in third place.

Defending event winner and three-time world champion Mick Fanning (AUS) currently sits in fourth place on the rankings and victory at Jeffreys Bay this year would see him equal 11-time world champion Kelly Slater’s (USA) record of four wins in South Africa.

Fanning matches up against compatriot Kai Otton (AUS) and wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) in the opening round, while Slater will take on Jadson Andre (BRA) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW).

Reynolds, former World No. 4, will once against join the WSL Top 34 as a wildcard at the JBay Open following a 9th place finish at the recent Fiji Pro.

Reynolds’ allocation comes via the WSL Commissioner’s Office which cited the Californian’s incredible talent, ability to lift the event’s performance level and recent surfing in Fiji as reasons for his selection. Reynolds will face Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kai Otton (AUS) in round 1 of competition.

Slade Prestwich (ZAF) will complete the field after earning a coveted wildcard entry into the event with a win at the JBU Supertrials on June 14, 2015. The Durban-based Qualifying Series (QS) surfer will battle Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Adam Melling (AUS) in Round 1.

“I have nothing to lose and will give everything I have in the J-Bay Open,” says Prestwich. “I love surfing at Supertubes and to get another chance to surf Supers with just one or two other guys in the water is going to be really cool. I cannot wait to surf against the likes of Kelly Slater, he’s a total legend.”

The JBay Open will be webcast live on www.worldsurfleague.com and forms part of the annual JBay Winterfest

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