Jordy Smith wins Billabong Pro J-Bay
What a weekend for South African sport (Tri-Nations aside). First Louis Oosthuizen smashes the field to win The Open Championship and then Jordy Smith wins this year’s Billabong Pro J-Bay. Congrats to you both guys! Woop woop.
Jordy (22 years old) dominated Adam Melling from Australia in the final to become the first South African to win an ASP World Tour event since Shaun Tomson back in the 80’s. He enjoyed huge home town support, with roars aplenty and blaring vuvuzelas urging him on throughout the competition.
Jordy had to rely on a late surge to sneak into the finals by beating Australian Bede Durbidge with the last wave of the semi final heat. Earlier he had looked dead and buried until he took off on a one-footer and pulled a ‘Superman’ air before finishing off the ride. He then paddled into the last wave of the day needing a 7.41 but getting a 7.93 with some progressive manoeuvres.
Jordy is now at the top of the ASP world rankings and after the first 4 events is looking in a great position as he strives to win his first ever ASP World title. The next event of the 6 remaining world tour events, is in Tahiti. Geez, it must suck to be a professional surfer.
Taj Burrow from Australia, continually wowed the crowds with his performances from Round 1 onwards, collecting the event’s highest heat total in yesterday’s Round 4. Despite losing the semifinal to Melling, the Western Australian moves up to ASP World No. 2 heading into Tahiti.
Check out some of the highlights of the Billabong Pro J-Bay.
Excellent stuff Jordy. We salute you!