We’re less than a week away from the annual trip to Jeffrey’s Bay for the Corona Open, and the World Title race has been completely turned upside down. In 2016, Matt Wilkinson started out blazing-hot, only to have John John Florence secure his maiden World Title from him before the Tour ever made it to Hawaii.
This year, it looks like Wilkinson is primed for a little bit of revenge as he has just stolen the yellow leader’s jersey from Florence with his impressive win in Fiji.
They’re also not alone near the top, as Jordy Smith, Adriano de Souza, and Owen Wright are all tied immediately behind Wilko and Florence in the rankings. It looks like the World Title could come down to the wire in December. For now, tune in and see if Mick Fanning can re-capture his magic and if Kelly Slater has another hurrah left in his South African bag of tricks.
Here’s everything you need to know for J-Bay:
WHO: The WSL Men's Top 34 + 2 wildcards
WHAT: Stop #6 of the Men's 2017 WSL Championship Tour
WHEN: July 12-23
WHERE: Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
TIME ZONE: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, is six hours ahead of the US East Coast and nine hours ahead of the US West Coast. It is also one hour ahead of the United Kingdom.
This means that 8:00 AM, July 12, in South Africa is:
8:00 AM, July 12th, in France
7:00 AM, July 12th, in the United Kingdom
2:00 AM, July 12th, in New York
11:00 PM, July 11th, in Los Angeles
8:00 PM, July 11th, in Honolulu
Plan accordingly. If your time zone equivalent is not listed above, we recommend visiting www.TimeAndDate.com.
WILDCARDS / INJURIES / INJURY REPLACEMENTS: (Updated July 11, 2017) Dale Staples (ZAF) from St Francis Bay will join the WSL Top 34 as a wildcard after winning the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrials. The remaining wildcard will go to South African Michael February.
EVENT WEBSITE: Tune into the WSL's event live at http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2017/mct/1900/corona-open-j-bay.
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Frederico Morais (PRT), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Dale Staples (ZAF)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 9: Connor O'Leary (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
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