Stephanie Gilmore wins the WSL Open J Bay event and reclaims the lead.
On Women's Final Day there was plenty of surfing with three Aussies left in the mix starting with Round 3.
Stephanie Gilmore and Bronte Macaulay both progressed to the Quarter Finals at the WSL Open J Bay event.
Gilmore progressed from the 3rd round scoring 14.50 while fellow Australian Nikki Van Dijk was eliminated almost on the final wave, pipped at the post by American Sage Erickson.
.@Steph_gilmore and @Sageerickson advance over @nikkivandijk_ in #CoronaOpenJBay Round 3, Heat 3 | Watch LIVE 👉 https://t.co/uSBzLLnomI pic.twitter.com/b4jtmrfqag— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
The fourth heat then saw Macaulay score 13.34, finishing 2.06 behind Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb.
.@tatiwest and @bronte_macaulay advance over #CarolineMarks in Rd 3, Heat 4. | Watch LIVE 👉 https://t.co/uSBzLLnomI pic.twitter.com/uL5gFKorU3— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
The heat featured a short delay following a shark sighting near the surfers. Jeffreys Bay on the Eastern Cape of South Africa is the location where Mick Fanning encountered a great white back in 2015.
Event officials spotted a shark heading in the direction of the competition zone and put Round 3 Heat 4 on hold. Safety teams closely monitored the situation and confirmed that the shark exited the competition zone. We will resume the heat at 11:00 a.m. SAST. pic.twitter.com/rwOeSKXIVZ— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
Later, a large pod of friendly dolphins delayed the surfing yet again.
Locals passing by 🐬🐬🐬| Watch LIVE 👉 https://t.co/uSBzLLnomI pic.twitter.com/6f47KZubdQ— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
Unfortunately for Macaulay, she was drawn to compete against Gilmore in the Quarters with Gilmore taking out the win in a devastating tie at 15.00 - Gilmore with the advantage courtesy of her higher wave score (8.00).
.@steph_gilmore defeats @bronte_macaulay in #CoronaOpenJBay Quarterfinal 3 | Watch LIVE 👉 https://t.co/uSBzLLnomI pic.twitter.com/BwsY2HxKLc— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
Gilmore then backed up her quarter final win with a Semi Finals appearance against the highest scorer thus far in Tatiana Weston-Webb.
Gilmore's first wave was a solid 8.17 followed by a 7.50 wave which was enough to see her into the final.
.@steph_gilmore defeats @tatiwest in #CoronaOpenJBay Semifinal 2 | Watch LIVE 👉 https://t.co/uSBzLLnomI pic.twitter.com/AYHAQaJR1h— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
The final featured Gilmore against American Lakey Peterson. Six time World Champion Gilmore threw down a couple of decent waves to defeat Peterson 14.24 to 11.50.
The win also sees Gilmore regain the Jeep leaders jersey.
Congratulations @steph_gilmore, winner of the 2018 #CoronaOpenJBay 🏆 @corona pic.twitter.com/DpgQ0WjIyL— World Surf League (@wsl) July 13, 2018
For a wrap up of Rounds 1 and 2: https://www.tracksmag.com.au/news/open-j-bay-heats-497233
Surfers will next head to California for the Vans US Open of Surfing event starting July 30th.