We’re sure there used to be a rumour that J-Bay wasn’t a wave for those who surf with their right foot forward. That Occy was the only surfer to unlock the secret to riding the South African point break on their backhand. Well, that theory was blown out of the water at this year’s J-Bay Corona Open by Gabriel Medina and Italo Ferreira, the two trading blows all the way to the final buzzer, with Medina taking the win in an epic showdown.

Here we delve into Italo’s highlights from outside of competition, and boy oh boy it is a sight to behold.