Gabriel Medina (BRA) started off slow in Round 2 of the J-Bay Open. But the reigning World Champion worked his way to excellence by the end with a series of backhand snaps to earn a 9.07 for his final wave of the heat.
As rookie opponent Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) dealt with a broken leash, Julian Wilson (AUS) took the opportunity to score big during Round 5 at the J-Bay Open. He earned 9.17 for this solid performance with a few progressive flourishes.
After defeat at the hands of Gabriel Medina (BRA) in Round 4 at the J-Bay Open, Kelly Slater (USA) struck back in their Quarterfinal matchup with a 9.10. It was his second nine-point-range score in a row, and carried him to victory over his young opponent.