Moore Captures Top Spot on Jeep Leaderboard with J-Bay Victory
I havent been in the yellow jersey in a few years, so its extra special, said Moore. I know theres a lot of work to be done for the rest of the year, but Im just so excited! Getting to share this win with my support group, my husband, my dad, Duncan (Scott) whos been helping me here in South Africa, all my sponsors, I couldnt do it without them. South Africa didnt disappoint. Im stoked to be back in the Title race with everyone. Its probably going to come down to Maui. Im really stoked and couldnt have asked for a better end to the day.
Moores 22nd CT win comes after an incredibly consistent season so far with no result below 5th place. The 26-year-old failed to take the win in two previous Finals this year on the Gold Coast and in Rio but now claimed her breakthrough result heading into the Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown, where she is the defending event winner.
kind of come full circle for me from last year, continued Moore.
Just to come back and feel really good and happy, Im ecstatic.
Ive been in the Title race from the very beginning. I just want
to give my best at every stop and Im just really happy. Im
super stoked to be in the yellow jersey. Of course, theres a lot
of work that has to be done but it gives me confidence heading into a
month break and I can breathe a little bit easier.
The Final saw Moore and Peterson go blow-for-blow in the Supertubes sets. Peterson stuck to her strategy of securing a good score on her first wave, opening with a 6.83 (out of a possible 10) in the first few minutes of the Final. Moore kept her focus and found a set wave, drawing out her signature carves, and the judges awarded her an 8.50 to jump into the lead. Peterson got a 7.27 while Moore was still trying to make her way back into the lineup. Moore improved her lead with a wave under priority to take the win.
Petersons second Final at the Corona Open J-Bay fell just shy of the win again, but the American feels the momentum swinging her way into the final four events of the season. Peterson has one win so far this season at the Margaret River Pro and will be after her second at the upcoming Freshwater Pro from September 19 - 21, 2019.
It was so awesome to finish with such incredible surf," said Peterson. "Thanks to everyone for letting us have the lineup the last couple weeks. Its truly an incredible place. Its awesome to come back this year and make the Final again and hopefully, Ill win it one day. Congratulations to Carissa (Moore). She is surfing unbelievably. She always pushes me to surf my best and brings the best out of myself so huge congrats to her, but Im super stoked to keep rolling with the year now and hopefully get some momentum here and keep it going.
WSL Champion Gabriel Medina Back in the World Title Conversation After
That felt so good! said Medina. This is a hard contest to win. I had a lot of fun this week, it was amazing and I wasnt expecting that. Im really happy right now. Something clicked in that heat that was really special. I knew I could match up with Italo (Ferreira) or Filipe (Toledo), both of them were ripping. I just want to thank God for giving me the waves and Im so happy I did the job.
Although Medina only moves up one place to 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard, he is heading into the five events that he has previously won and three of which where he is the defending event winner (Tahiti Pro Teahupoo, Freshwater Pro, Billabong Pipe Masters). Medina is known to clinch results in the back-half of the season and will be a threat in his hunt for a third World Title.
"It feels so good to get one over Italo (Ferreira)," continued Medina. "He surfs so well, even when he was combod I wasnt comfortable because I know he can do anything. Being in the Final with another goofy-foot was amazing. All the Brasilians are doing so well and to share a Final with Italo means so much. It means a lot and this contest was really special because its hard to win out here. Im back and I feel amazing. I just want to surf and do my best. The year is still long, so Im happy with a win here.
The CT event in J-Bay had never seen an all goofy-foot Final before today. The all-Brasilian battle was a momentous clash between Ferreira and Medina. Ferreira opened with a 9.10 (out of a possible 10) to set the tone, but Medina replied with a near-perfect 9.73. It took a while for both surfers to find a winning backup score. Ferreira got a 7.67 and with Medina only requiring something in the 7-point range. He didnt hold back and matched the speed of the wave, completing his turns in the critical part of the wave with a smooth, flowing rhythm. Medina scored a barreling section to the roar of the crowd and came out flying for a 9.77, capturing 19.50 two-wave total (out of a possible 20) to place Ferreira in a combination situation in the dying minutes.
Ferreira dominated the event with some of the biggest scores in his first run past a 13th place result in J-Bay. The 25-year-old was responsible for the eliminations of J-Bay standout Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the Semifinals, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) in the Quarterfinals, and 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the Round of 16. Ferreira now sits at World No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard behind No. 3 John John Florence (HAW), who withdrew from this event due to injury, No. 2 Toledo, and No. 1 Andino.
was a long week, but I was glad to be in the Final with Gabriel (Medina),
said Ferreira. It was a good heat, I started with the 9.10, but
after that Gabriel smashed me. It was so fun to surf that wave. I came
here early and tried to surf it without a crowd and tried to test my boards
and everything. Im so happy, its a good result and lets
keep it ripping.
Toledo Falls Short of Three-peat at Corona Open J-Bay
Italo (Ferreira) has been in-form the whole event, and hes probably my favorite backhand surfing this wave, said Toledo. Hes really fun to watch and I was really inspired by him trying the most vertical and fastest turns on this wave. I knew it was going to be really tough, thats why I waited for the bombs. I got that first one and it felt pretty good. I was just waiting on another one and it didnt happen, but he actually had priority so it just wasnt my day. Besides that, Im stoked with the Semifinal, another keeper, and Im in a good position for the World Title right now. Im happy to be part of the Brasilian generation thats once again making history here in J-Bay.
The last Quarterfinal saw Ferreira knock out Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) with an 8.50 and a 7.03 to Igarashis 6.77 and 5.60. Igarashi will now focus his attention on the Vans US Open of Surfing pres. by Swatch Qualifying Series (QS) event, where he is ready to defend his own three-peat in his hometown.
am so excited to go back home, said Igarashi. I havent
been back to Huntington Beach since Snapper Rocks in April. I cannot wait
to go see my parents and to see my friends back in Huntington. To be able
to compete in front of the crowd and the local fans is the best way to
go back home. I am going to do whatever I can to win it. Even though it
has nothing to do with the World Title or the Olympics, but for me, there
is nothing more than I want than to win it three years in a row.
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