Faye Zoetmulder a stand out on day 2 of JBay Open
Faye Zoetmulder was one of the stand-outs of heat one on the second day of the Jeffreys Bay Open. She picked up one of the best waves of the morning and executing some critical moves on her backhand for a 7.75 (out of a possible 10) she was able gain a heat win.
Photo Faye Zoetmulder by Karen Wilson
Zoetmulder, Emma Smith and Tanika Hoffman are now through to the quarters in the 1st heat, while in heat 2 Sarah Baum, Nikita Robb and Heidi Palmboom advanced.
In the first quarter Dale Staples emerged victorious with Casey Grant in second place, eliminating Devyn Matteys and Shane Thorne from the event. “It was quite tricky out there,” said Staples on the beach afterwards.
“There was a bump on the waves with the light onshore, and it was hard to find the right one. I saw that Shane (Thorne) was sitting quite high up the point and seemed to be struggling to find the right ones, so I chose to sit further down.
“The best waves were the ones that bent out a bit toward the bottom. I was riding my normal equipment out there, my favourite board, and it felt good.”
Dale is looking forward to the rest of the event. “It’s obviously really good to be surfing at Supers. It beats the WQS.”
The final heat was dogged by rapidly increasing onshore winds, and in the tricky conditions it was Brandon Jackson and Slade Prestwich who won through from Ryan Payne and Dan Redman. At the end of the heat the decision was made to call it off for the day, with the next call to be made at first light tomorrow.
There is a R30,000 first prize for the men’s division and a R5,000 first prize for the women’s division, as well as a number of specialty prize categories in the event.
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