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7.11.14

Photo Blog

Craig Anderson, Chile

Photo: Todd Glaser

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7.10.14

Photo Blog

Timmy Reyes, Todos Santos

Photo: Dylan Gordon

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7.10.14

Features

Slater’s Midseason Breakdown

The 11x world champ speaks his mind on where the ratings stand halfway through the year

If ever there were someone to break down the World Tour ratings, it’s the surprisingly unbiased 11x world champ Kelly Slater. Heading into Jeffreys Bay, Slater is ranked third overall behind Gabriel Medina and Michel Bourez, both of whom have event wins under their belt, while The Champ is winless. However, both already have throwaway […]

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7.10.14

Features

Day One of the J-Bay Open

Highlights from the opening day at Jeffreys Bay

In pumping 5-to-7 foot Supertubes, the world’s best welcomed the J-Bay Open back to the World Tour. And what a welcome it was. Despite devil winds during the early heats, top seeds Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow dominated before goofyfooter Kai Otton served former event winner Joel Parkinson an upset with his 17.24 heat total. […]

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7.10.14

Design Forum

In The Shaping Bay

1976 World Champ Peter Townend recreates his classic 1980s "Bi-Fin"

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7.9.14

Photo Blog

Taylor Knox, South Africa

Photo: Grant Ellis

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7.9.14

The Stats

The 2014 J-Bay Open

Check all the stats before the first heat hits the water in South Africa

The World Tour has returned to Jeffreys Bay. It’s been two years since the Top 34 have battled at the world’s best pointbreak, so the stats above reflect only the last three Tour events there, in ’09, ’10, and ’11. See who has done well before and who’s never seen J-Bay at its finest before […]

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7.9.14

Videos

Skeleton Bay With Dale Staples

Sit shotgun with the South African as he takes you through 30-second barrels

Every time a surfer uses perfect to describe a wave it must be taken with a grain of salt. That said, Dale Staples has the video proof of what he calls “the perfect wave.” And we can’t disagree. Recently, Skeleton Bay returned to the forefront of the surf world with a run of swell that […]

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7.9.14

Videos

Jordy Smith on Jeffreys Bay

The South African World Tour star reflects on his personal connection with the pointbreak

To coincide with the return of Jeffreys Bay to the World Tour, Jordy Smith, a two-time WT event winner at the spot, released this video explaining his special connection with the world’s best pointbreak. Growing up in Durban, Jordy became accustomed to the punchy and offshore waves that are by and large synonymous with South […]

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7.9.14

Photos

An Ode to J-Bay

Over the years at Jeffreys Bay, as brought to you by SURFER photo editor Grant Ellis

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