SURFING: Julian Wilson remains in eighth spot on the world tour standings despite a thrilling run through the Corona Open J-Bay.
The 28-year-old captured his best result of the season with a third placing at Jeffreys Bay, where he has reached the semi-finals or better for the past three editions.
But it wasn't enough to promote him on the leader-board, which is still topped by compatriot Matt Wilkinson, who Wilson beat during his eye-catching campaign on the Eastern Cape.
"That was fun,” he said of the event on social media. "What an event. Thank you WSL (World Surf League).”
The sixth stop on an 11-stop circuit was won by Brazilian Filipe Toledo who beat Portugal's rookie Frederico Morais 18.00 to 17.73.
The Championship Tour will next month move to Tahiti and the iconic break of Teahupo'o.
Meanwhile, the women's elite competitors, including Sunshine Coast's Keely Andrew are preparing for the Vans US Open of Surfing.
The sixth top amid 10 events is due to start on July 31 and will be held at California.
Andrew's 11th in the standings in her second year on tour.