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12 Remain at J-Bay Open

Favorites fall as two full rounds of competition run at Jeffreys

| posted on July 14, 2014

Rounds 3 and 4 of the J-Bay Open were not kind to top seeds. With Joel Parkinson being the only current Top 10 surfer to already have secured a Quarterfinal berth, upsets ruled the day. Perennial J-Bay favorites Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith fell in Round 3 to Matt Wilkinson and C.J. Hobgood, respectively. Riding off the momentum of his near-perfect heat against Slater (video below), Wilkinson went on to earn a spot in the Quarters for his first time this year after defeating Kolohe Andino and Adriano de Souza in Round 4. It’s worth nothing that Kelly Slater’s 15.37 losing heat score would have won all but two of the other Round 3 heats. In the final heat of Round 3, Alejo Muniz, who has had a difficult 2014 season thus far, defeated world title contender Michel Bourez, opening the door for Gabriel Medina to extend his ratings lead.

When competition resumes, possibly this evening, a champion will likely be crowned, as only 11 heats remain. Although all the upcoming heats present exciting match-ups, it’s the second and third heats of Round 5 that will impact the world title race the most. Current No. 4 Taj Burrow faces Kolohe Andino in a heat that could see continued dominance by the young guard. Following that, Gabriel Medina needs to defeat C.J. Hobgood in order to solidify his current No. 1 spot.

J-Bay Open Round Three Results
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 8.50
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.73 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.77
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.74 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.33
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.04 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.37
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.30 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.10
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 18.36 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 15.37
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.46 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 15.17
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.40 def. John John Florence (HAW) 8.00
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.60 def. Nat Young (USA) 5.44
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.27
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.00 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.87
Heat 12: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.60

J-Bay Open Round Four Results
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.44, Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.47, Taj Burrow (AUS) 8.40
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.34, Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.17, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.37
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.60, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.76, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.70
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.57, Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.40, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.50

J-Bay Open Round Five Match-Ups
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Watch Matt Wilkinson’s Round Three victory over Kelly Slater

  • matt obrien

    Wilko surfed great, but to give him those scores was a joke! Variety used to matter, criteria says it still does, but judges don’t score it. Not saying that Kelly didn’t lose the heat (he did) but his first wave was underscored, which lead to him having to surf outside of skin (aka superman) which unfortunately he bogged rails. Still great result for Matty. I have a real question though. How does Gabriel wear the yellow jersey and draw Aritz (#28), while Kelly #3 surfs against Wilko (#33)? I thought lowest seed went against highest seed? and last I checked, Yellow Jersey = Highest Seed! What the hell ASP, please explain this. Seriously! Kelly is not the highest rated surfer on tour, not even 2nd, and if it is based off last year’s ratings, then your “champ” Mick is #1. Being 11 time champ does = highest rated surfer. And if it does, give him the freaking yellow jersey. Again, seriously reply, cause so far I smell B.S. Bad enough kelly got wildcard rather than #1 or #2, but to continue this crap is against the rules. The rules you wrote by the way.Wilko surfed great, but to give him those scores was a joke! Variety used to matter, criteria says it still does, but judges don’t score it. Not saying that Kelly didn’t lose the heat (he did) but his first wave was underscored, which lead to him having to surf outside of skin (aka superman) which unfortunately he bogged rails. Still great result for Matty. I have a real question though. How does Gabriel wear the yellow jersey and draw Aritz (#28), while Kelly #3 surfs against Wilko (#33)? I thought lowest seed went against highest seed? and last I checked, Yellow Jersey = Highest Seed! What the hell ASP, please explain this. Seriously! Kelly is not the highest rated surfer on tour, not even 2nd, and if it is based off last year’s ratings, then your “champ” Mick is #1. Being 11 time champ does = highest rated surfer. And if it does, give him the freaking yellow jersey. Again, seriously reply, cause so far I smell B.S. Bad enough kelly got wildcard rather than #1 or #2, but to continue this crap is against the rules. The rules you wrote by the way.

    • Surf_Liker

      The seeding for each event is based on a combination of this year and last years results. That is why Kelly drew the lower ranked surfer despite Gabs being ranked #1. Maybe actually read the rules before complaining that its bs like there is some sort of conspiracy. Its a fairly simple rule too. Also why are you complaining at all about the result in the Wilko heat, he smoked Kelly and deserved a good result. It’s so funny how Kelly fans like you will desperately search for something to justify his loss. “his first wave was underscored, which lead to him having to surf outside of skin” Give me a break, he lost because Wilko caught 3 waves that were better than Kelly’s best. And your seeding argument is just wrong. Kelly is the greatest of all time but sometimes even he has to lose.

      • matt obrien

        “Surf” I do read the rules. That is why Mick should have been eliminated from Pipe last year – he threw the heat. It is against the rules. Says so in them. As for here and now, IF those seeding things were as you say, then Joel would have drawn the W.C. in rd 2 instead of Medina. BUT he didn’t, Gabriel drew Lightfoot. So your point is off. As for saying Wilko didn’t win the heat, I never said that, I actually think he did beat Kelly. I just find it hard to agree with the scores they threw at Wilko for his first wave. Even Ross was surprised. Again: Wilko won the heat. The judges just seem to ignore variety. FACT. As for the seeding b.s. (yup), I am still waiting to here from ASP.

        • Surf_Liker

          Here you go clown, it took me literally 1 minute to go onto the ASP website, open the rulebook, and find the section on seeding.

          Article 8: Seed Point Allocation

          8.01 Base Seed Points for WCT Surfers, Season Wildcards and Season

          Replacements at the start of each Surfing Season will be

          determined by ASP prior to the first WCT Event and then:

          (a) Men will have 16.67% of that initial amount deducted from

          each of the first 6 WCT Events of the Surfing Season (Base

          Seed Points will be zero from the 7th Event onwards).

          (b) Women will have 20% of that initial amount deducted from

          each of the first 5 WCT Events of the Surfing Season (Base

          Seed Points will be zero from the 6th Event onwards).

          8.02 Current Seed Points will be the Base Seed Points plus the current

          Rankings Points earned in the WCT Events in that Surfing Season.

          • matt obrien

            Screw you for calling me clown. But thanks for the rule break down. Funny that ASP.com took down all of our comments. So again thank you for answering my Legit question. BUT you didn’t have to be a jerk!

          • Surf_Liker

            sorry

          • Carlos G Lascurain

            Wow, I don’t remember when was the last time I saw an online discussion reach a sensible and civilized conclusion. Usually they all finish in name calling rants. If one day I meet either of you beer is on me!

        • Surf_Liker

          So to simplify, last years ranking determines their “base seed points” and each event, 16.67% of that gets deducted from that and replaced by their results in the current year. There is no conspiracy, it is actually a pretty reasonable system.

          • matt obrien

            Agree, it makes sense to me now. thanks. Wonder where Kelly will be after his rd 3 exit?

    • swearengen

      Like someone else said, the seeds are a combination of a surfer’s current rank + the mystical ASP seed-generating quantum algorithm. (It’s surf science. Don’t even try to fathom it.)

      So, Kelly’s the #1 seed, Gabs #2. Wilko started as the #32 seed. He dropped eight spots to #24. Aritz started as the #30 seed. He dropped seven spots to #23. Hence, the Round 3 match-ups we saw.

      I get what you’re saying about the ASP’s sometimes mystifying math (lest we all forget Slater’s, um, premature title at Ocean Beach), but shit–it is what it is, ya know?

      Also, it’s pretty clear the judges are heavily factoring wave size and quality into their scoring for this event. Wilko’s waves were simply bigger and better and he smashed critical turns in critical sections. Even Slater admitted it. And Slater, well, he straight-up fell off his board. Mid-turn, midway through a wave that would’ve netted him a big score.

      If Slater wasn’t complaining about his loss, I’m not sure why you are. :)

      • matt obrien

        Just pointing out some funky scoring. AGAIN! I admit Slater lost the heat. I just take issue with Wilko’s First scoring ride. And the seeding thing is a thorn in my shoe (flipflop) for quite a while now. Figured since the ASP has actually responded to some of the things us “experts” (armchair of corse) I figured I throw it out there and see what the Real Experts say. Again, I admit that Slater lost. Can you understand what I am saying? Cheers. Go Freddy!

  • matt obrien

    sorry for the crazy “double” post, I was up late and my fingers went a little haywire.

  • Trogan Fan

    Jordy – king of the Round 1 heroes!

  • hector

    kelly’s boards and fin failures look terrible.
    he should have rode a simon anderson with glass ons
    actually the whole year i think his failure has been his surfboards not him

  • Daniel

    Medina’s backhand attack unparalleled.

    • http://thetopturn.com/ Thetopturn.com

      At J Bay, so far, Wilkinson has been the better surfer backhand – just saying.

  • hegovi – Hector Golcher V.

    Kelly got to surf agaisnt the wildcard and he is not even the top seed.. why was that?