Trials Winner Sarah Baum in the Mix as Coco Ho Leads the WSL J-Bay Classic

Hawaiian Coco Ho (pictured) is on top of the WSL J-Bay Classic leaderboard after scoring a 5.50 in the Thruster Round for a total of 14.33, but SA’s Trials champ Sarah Baum is firmly in the mix ahead of Friday’s Bonus Round in Jeffreys Bay Photo: © WSL / Tostee

The World Surf League (WSL) J-Bay Classic Presented by Corona Specialty completed the first Thruster Round in clean, three-to-four foot waves as the onshore wind arrived, creating the perfect conditions at Supertubes, in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape in South Africa, on Thursday, 20 June, 2024.

After scoring an excellent 8.83 (out of a possible 10) in the Twin Fin Round yesterday, Hawaiian Coco Ho is still on top of the leaderboard after scoring a 5.50 in the Thruster Round, with a total of 14.33. 

“I’m stoked, I was just excited to come here, get some reps in at J-Bay and ride fun boards,” Ho said. “It’s been such beautiful conditions everyday. 

“I’m probably the most experienced in the twin fin category in the past four years, so I was so excited to ride those in J-Bay. I’ll admit it was more of a job for me to ride the thruster, but it was good!”

Hawaiian Coco Ho on top of the WSL J-Bay Classic Leaderboard

The J-Bay Classic Presented By Corona Women’s Trials winner Sarah Baum (RSA) is firmly in the mix, currently in second place on the leaderboard with her excellent ride in the Twin Fin Round on Thursday, and a 5.77 in the Thruster Round. 

“It’s really tricky out there,” Baum said. “The sets roll through and it looks like you need to paddle deeper, but you’re actually in the right spot and you just need to trust your instincts. There are some really sick waves out there, it’s fun.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Sierra Kerr (AUS) are on their heels in third and fourth, with Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Sage Erickson (USA) rounding off the leaderboard.

Sierra Kerr (AUS) scored the best wave of the Women’s Thruster Round with a 7.33, speeding down the line to throw down a big turn before sliding into a quick barrel. 

Kerr first traveled to J-Bay with her family when she was just 6 months old, and today she’s competing at Supertubes in the same event as her dad, Josh Kerr (AUS). 

“It’s really cool and apparently we’re even staying in the same house as we were back then,” Kerr reflected. 

“It’s a lot different than I thought it was going to be, you always have an idea of something, so when it surprises you, it’s sick. For some reason, it’s a lot nicer than I expected! It’s a beautiful place and I’m frothing to be here.” 


Main Photo Caption: Hawaiian Coco Ho (pictured) is on top of the WSL J-Bay Classic leaderboard after scoring a 5.50 in the Thruster Round for a total of 14.33, but SA’s Trials champ Sarah Baum is firmly in the mix ahead of Friday’s Bonus Round in Jeffreys Bay Photo: © WSL / Tostee

Photo 2 Caption: South Africa’s J-Bay Classic Trials champ Sarah Baum is firmly in the mix, currently in second place on the leaderboard Photo © WSL / Tostee

Photo 3 Caption: Australia’s Sierra Kerr, who first visited J-Bay at age 6 months, says: “It’s a beautiful place and I’m frothing to be here.” Photo © WSL / Tostee

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