This week, the second stop of the 2008 Nixon WTA wrapped in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Taylor Knox claimed top honors, after scoring the highest heat score early in the competition, during heat seven of the first round. With a heat score of 19.70, one of the highest in J-Bay contest history, the tour veteran set the bar high and held his position through the end of the competition.
The Nixon WTA is a winner-take-all event, which awards a custom, limited edition Nixon timepiece at four different stops along the ASP World Tour. Each of the custom Nixon 51-30 tide watches feature a gunmetal finish, a custom-engraved WTA case back, and diamond baguette indices alternating with hand applied flags representing each of the four contest regions. These four one-of-a-kind timepieces are each valued at over $10,000 USD.
“I’m just happy to do it in a year that so many good surfers were there,” stated Taylor of his win at J-Bay.
Last year’s winner at J-Bay was Kelly Slater, who took the WTA title with a heat score of 19.23 during the quarterfinals.
With competition now complete in South Africa, the WTA will reconvene in Mundaka, Euskadi, in September where the award will go to the surfer who gets the longest tube ride. The last stop of the WTA will be held on the North Shore of Oahu this winter, and the final prize for the year will go to the overall Triple Crown winner.