Thursday, July 10, 2014
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Kai Otton (AUS) nails a 9.07 at the end of his Round 1 heat to solidify his victory over Joel Parkinson.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) hit a late 9.10 at the end of Round 1, Heat 3 but his combination score was just shy of Otton's.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) scored the highest nine of the day with a near-perfect 9.80 on his first wave in Round 1.
Smith followed up his the first nine-pointer with a second--a 9.50.
With two nines already on the board, Smith went for broke and scored a Perfect 10.
Aritz Aranburu (ESP) nailed a 9.03 in his Round 1 heat.
Julian Wilson (AUS) used his powerful air game for a 9.33 in his Round 2 victory over Glenn Hall.
[Freddy Patacchia] hits the second-highest wave of the event through Round 2 when he takes a ride in a classic J-Bay tube for a near-perfect 9.93.
En route to the tournament's biggest upset through Round 3, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) nailed a 9.33 to put 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) against the ropes.
Wilkinson hammered in the last nail in the coffin when he worked a pumping Supertubes set for a second nine-pointer (9.03) in his heat against Slater.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) reminded the crowd at Jeffreys Bay why he's leading the WTC rankings, scoring the highest wave of the day with a 9.43 in Round 3.
Wilkinson posted his third nine-point ride in the Quarterfinals.
Taj Burrow (AUS) notched a 9.27 toward the end of his Quarterfinal heat against Wilko but came up a fraction of a point shy of the Semifinal berth.
Owen Wright (AUS) punctuated his J-Bay campaign with a 9.23 in the Quarterfinals.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) earned a 9.40 for his last J-Bay Open wave at the conclusion of his QF heat against Wright.
Parkinson bettered his event-high score by registering a perfect 10-point ride in his Semifinal heat against Wilkinson.
Wilko was eliminated in the Semifinals but added yet another nine-point ride to his total, notching a 9.77 on his last wave of the event.
Mick Fanning (AUS) mixed up the routine, putting together a string of long, winding carves for a 9.00 nearing the end of his Semifinal heat.
One for good measure: Fanning found a stand-up barrel for a 9.00 in the J-Bay Finals, capping off an event that saw 17 nines in total (and two perfect 10s).