One of the classiest match-ups in surfing - Joel and Jeffries. Photo Trevor Moran
Everything in the right place. Photo Ryan Miller
After several days of waking up before dawn to be ready for the call, Parko came out of the blocks firing to win the first heat of the event and waltz straight onto round three. With perfect, overhead sets on offer, he settled on a new Forget Me Not squash tail, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller
Jeremy flaired on his way through to round three with plenty of power gauges just like this. Photo Ryan Miller
Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up for the pumping, long walls of opening day. Bumping up from his usual shortboard (a 5'9 1/2" M6 squash), this
one is 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L, pulled into a smooth round tail for extra hold and drive. Photo Ryan Miller
Owen dropped one of the biggest scores of his heat with turns like this huge fin waft, but couldn't quite find the back-up he needed to jump straight into round three. Up next when round two resumes, O's got several Forget Me Not's that JS built to complement his favourite FMN shortboard from Brazil - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Trevor Moran
O, ready to roll with one of his bright new Forget Me Nots. Photo Ryan Miller
Firing JBay suits Fred better than just about any stop on Tour (or anywhere, for that matter). Big man, big turn, beautiful canvas. Photo Trevor Moran
With plenty of similar right points at home in Portugal, Fred's dialled in this part of his quiver constantly over the last year or so. In fun to perfect surf like we saw in round one, his go-to dims are a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6 (6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller
Ace's razor sharp backhand had commentators like Ronnie Blakey calling him the standout of all the goofy-footers during the warm up sessions. Not hard to see why with big cracks like this! At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his favourite shortboards is a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller
When power, progression and technical polish all come together, you get turns like this banger from just before opening day. Like all of the very best surfers at the top of their game, Jules just keeps adding extra layers to his already insane repertoire. Photo Ryan Miller.
JW laid down some serious tracks pre-event, and found plenty of favourites in his quiver in the process. This one's a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Clip Peter King
Long arcs, stupid amounts of power, and one of the best bottom turns in the world. J-Dub at JBay. Photo Ryan Miller
It's hard to fathom the amount of talent between these two guys. Legends on land, freaks in the water, long-time friends (except for maybe in a heat), and quite possibly Australia's next World Champs. Big things to come in SA!