Heats announced for 2016 JBay Open

2016-06-30 06:00

THE world Surf League (WSL) has announced the heats for Round One of the ’16 JBay Open.

Jeffreys Bay surfer Steven Sawyer, who recently won the JBU Supertrial, is scheduled to surf in heat 6 against current rankings leader Matt Wilkinson in which should be a great battle of backhand attacks at Supertubes.

“I have wanted to surf the JBay Open for my whole life and am stoked to get the opportunity,” says Sawyer after his victory at the Supertrial, which earned him a wild card entry into the main event.

Former JBay Open champion Jordy Smith is scheduled to surf in heat 9 and will be looking at getting a solid result in Jeffreys Bay. Jordy is currently ranked 10th in the world.

Crowd favourite Kelly Slater will hit the line-up in heat number 7, while Mick Fanning will make his return to Jeffreys Bay in heat 1.

The JBay Open forms part of the annual JBay WInterfest, presented by Woodlands Diary, with a vast array of events on offer including a Mountain Bike Race, an extreme open water swim in sub-15C water and a Music Festival.

The Round One heats for the JBay Open

Heat 1: Mick Fanning, Conner Coffin, Alejo Muniz

Heat 2: Italo Ferreira, Miguel Pupo, Ryan Callinan

Heat 3: John John Florence, Kanoa Igarashi, Keanu Asing

Heat 4: Adriano De Souza, Josh Kerr, Kai Otton

Heat 5: Gabriel Medina, Dusty Payne, Alex Ribeiro

Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson, Davey Cathels, Steven Sawyer

Heat 7: Filipe Toledo, Kelly Slater, Matt Banting

Heat 8: Adrian Buchan, Kolohe Andino, Jadson Andre

Heat 9: Jordy Smith, Wiggolly Dantas, Adam Melling

Heat 10: Caio Ibelli, Joel Parkinson, Jeremy Flores

Heat 11: Julian Wilson, Nat Young, Jack Freestone

Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz, Michel Bourez, Stu Kennedy

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