Time to put away the boardies and pull out the biltong as the WSL sets it sight on the sleepy fishing village of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa for the 2016 J-Bay Open. The sixth stop on the championship tour, J-Bay is a regularfoot’s paradise with a long sectiony right rock/sand point with almost infinite possibilities hidden in its series of main sections. With Fiji in the books, the Wolf got his eyes all over the African adventures. Matt Wilkinson and Gabriel Medina have cemented their spots atop the WSL ratings but J-Bay is a different beast and really gives some of the other contenders a chance to claw back some points.
Without question the story of the year in last year’s surfing world was Mick Fanning’s shark encounter at last year’s event. An $8 event favourite might be more of a sentimental price than anything but never count out a champion. Let’s hope White Lighting doesn’t strike twice and Fanning keeps the great whites at bay.
In The Wolf’s eyes, the man to beat is Medina ($11). Off the back of a win in Fiji, he looks like he is capturing his world champion form and J-Bay will be where he starts his run.
For some value, young Californian Connor Coffin ($34) is real value. An interference call cost him in Fiji and with his home break of Rincon being constantly compared to J-Bay he will be right at home.
Best bet: Gabriel Medina – $11
Value bet: Connor Coffin – $34