When you think of San Francisco Bay Area surfing, you think one thing: cold water. And occasionally…sharks. Oakley Surf Team Star Jordy Smith – on the Northern Coast of California for Rip Curl Pro Search – got a whiff of that first hand – as the South African phenom bolted out of the water in the presence of an ocean beast.
You know what they say about home cooking. Jordy Smith sure does. Oakley’s South African surf star toppled Mick Fanning on his home turf to emphatically rack up back-to-back Jeffreys Bay titles. The O team phenom employed superior wave selection in tough three-to-four foot conditions to take out Fanning with combined wave scores of 15.60 to 14.83 – powering Jordy up three places in the World Tour rankings to No. 2 behind Aussie Joel “Parko” Parkinson and just ahead of fellow O teammate Adriano de Souza.
Three: Jordy Smith Claims Third at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Holds On To World No. 3 in ASP Standings
Jordy Smith plowed through to the final rounds at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast last week. But Oakley’s South African star ripper’s killer run came to a halt as his 11.40 score wasn’t enough to top second-place finisher Taj Burrow, who finished with a 17.56 in the Semifinals – handing the third podium spot to Jordy. Kelly Slater went on to secure the win.