Great day for goofy footers in an event historically dominated by regular surfers.
Only one goofyfooter has won the Championship Tour (CT) event in South Africa -- Mark Occhilupo (AUS) in 1984 -- but during Round 2 and the opening heats of Round 3, aggressive backhand attacks led to some of the biggest scores: At day's end, the goofyfooters had claimed seven of the contest's 12 nine-point rides.
Of the 12 goofyfooters in the draw, seven remain in contention for the event title, and, so far, only one -- Freddy Patacchia (HAW) -- has fallen to a regularfooter. Three have already earned a direct advance to Round 4.
Other standouts included Joel Parkinson (AUS), a former J-Bay champ and last year's runner-up, who earned the highest heat total of the contest so far -- an 18.84 -- compliments of two rides in the nine-point range. Other rankings shakeups included early exits for World No. 6 Taj Burrow(AUS), who was eliminated by injury replacement Alejo Muniz (BRA) in Round 2, and Wright, World No. 3, in Round 3.
J-Bay Open Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.33, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 13.04
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.00, Michael February (ZAF) 8.00
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.17, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.77
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 18.13, Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.83
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) 17.10, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.10
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.96, Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.16
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.00, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.44
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.84, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 18.13
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.90, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.03
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) 18.10, Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.07
Heat 11: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 17.77, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.23
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.80, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.93
J-Bay Open Round 3 Results
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.50, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.40
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.83
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.94, Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 8.40
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) 16.87, Adam Melling (AUS) 8.03
J-Bay Open Round 3 Match-Ups
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS), CJ Hobgood (USA)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)