Strong on-shore winds…
. .have flattened the surf and lead to the second consecutive lay day in these WSL Championship tour at Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The WSL Commissioner said that the conditions were perfect…. except, there was no swell.
On the opening day of the competition, Kelly Slater posted the highest heat total after starting his performance with a full rotation which gave him a early lead. Minutes later, he had a quick cover up giving him another big score and guaranteed himself a position in Round 3.
“I feel good and I took a lot of time off this week. I didn’t chase that last swell, and I just took some time for myself. I also felt really good in my freesurf yesterday. I just felt really calm, and I watched it a couple hours beforehand to see where to sit and which waves to catch and who’s doing what,” stated Slater.
The hope is that the swell returns in the morning – it was expected that it would rise in late evening and remain through to the next day to allow the competition to continue. Contestants have found that high scores have been difficult in a swell of between 4 to 6 feet.
Watch the video for the early action
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