Smith, Slater and Gilmore sent packing
JBay – Endless lines of perfect Supertubes greeted contestants as the sun peeped over the eastern skyline this morning, and there was no hesitation in calling the contest on.
In the first heat of the day Jordy Smith made a simple error of being out of position for the best wave of the heat. Owen Wright picked it up further on the shoulder and out of priority and proceeded to whip a series of backhand hits for an 8.60 and the heat win.
Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi is looking like he is the man to beat. It is very clear that he has the wave dialed and that he has some of the best equipment underfoot. He put on an incredible performance today, executing as many critical turns as is possible on a wave like Supers, with great style and always tight in the pocket. He banked a score of 8.17 and Brazilian surfer Peterson Crisanto was chasing. Kanoa proceeded to go all the way to town on his final wave and surfed it absolutely to pieces, and deserved the 9.07 score awarded and the win.
In the Kelly Slater (USA) vs Italo Ferriera (BRA) heat, it was the Brazilian goofy-footer who got off to a flying start,