World Surf League: Tatiana Weston-Webb and Ethan Ewing Win Corona Open J-Bay
- The 9th stop on the World Surf League 2022 Championship Tour, Corona Open J-Bay took place at Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape, South Africa between July 13 and 15, 2022.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) and Ethan Ewing (AUS) won the Corona Open J-Bay.
Tatiana Weston-Webb took the second victory of 2022 season, following MEO Pro Portugal. While, Ethan Ewing earned the first CT win of his career.
Tatiana Weston-Webb defeated 5-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinal and advanced to the Final. Carissa Moore made a mistake in priority and was handed interference penalty.
In the Final, she competed against 2-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS). Tatiana Weston-Webb showcased 7.83 and 8.50 points backhand ride and led the heat. In addition, she showed 9.00 riding to pressure Tyler Wright.
While, Tyler Wright earned 7.50 point on first wave, but needed either a perfect 10-point ride or two new scores to regain the lead.
She earned an excellent 8.17 point, 10 minutes left, but was not enough to win.
Finally, Tatiana Weston-Webbe became the first female goofy-foot winner.
Weston-Webb said, “I love surfing on my backhand, a lot of people know that, but it's just been a while since I've put it all together and had things go my way. This event I just really felt in rhythm and flow and the whole time I was just having a blast, maybe that's what set me apart.”
She continued. “We had such perfect waves for this event and I'd like to thank the locals for sharing their lineups with us for a week, it was just phenomenal. I'm really excited for Teahupoo but right now I'm just living in the moment here at J-Bay.”
- In Men's Final, two Australian surfers, Ethan Ewing and Jack Robinson competed. Ethan Ewing defeated South African Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) and Jordy Smith (ZAF) as well as Yago Dora (BRA) to reach his first-ever Final on the CT.
While, Jack Robinson advanced to the Final for the third time, following Margaret River Pro and Quiksilver Pro G-Land.
Jack Robinson showcased 8.83 ride on the first wave and take the upper hand early on.
Ethan Ewing answered with 7.67, but Jack Robinson kept the lead of the heat. Then, Ethan Ewing scored 9.13 to move into first.
Jack Robinson fought back with 7.47 point ride, but missed the victory by only 0.50 point.
Ethan Ewing said, “I've been so inspired by Jack (Robinson) this year, he's had really an incredible year. I hadn't had a win yet but coming here I didn't put any pressure on myself. Jack started well and I tried to keep my composure. I still feel like I had a lot left in my tank, but this event is one of the dream events to win, so it feels incredible.”
He continued, “It's been such a good year for me. My first year on tour I got so smoked and last year was kind of a warm-up but I feel like this year I'm really showing my surfing and feeling comfortable. Going to Chopes next, I haven't spent too much time there but I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Corona Open J-Bay Women's Final Results:
1 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 17.50
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.67
Corona Open J-Bay Men's Final Results:
1 – Ethan Ewing (AUS) 16.80
2 – Jack Robinson (AUS) 16.30
Corona Open J-Bay Women's Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.26 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.00
SF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 9.60 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 5.50
Corona Open J-Bay Men's Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) 15.80 def. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.17
SF 2: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 17.04 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 16.87
Corona Open J-Bay Women's Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.00 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.76
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.26 def. Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 12.17
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.50 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 8.93
QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 17.20 def. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 13.67
Corona Open J-Bay Men's Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Samuel Pupo (BRA) 7.83
QF 2: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 15.43 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.00
QF 3: Yago Dora (BRA) 15.00 def. Connor O'Leary (AUS) 10.83
QF 4: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.03
Photo by Alan van Gysen/World Surf League
Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League
- source : World Surf League