Back-to-Back: Jordy Smith Claims Resounding Victory at Home at Jeffreys Bay

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

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.

“It’s been an incredible week for me,” Jordy said of the huge victory in front of a raucous home crowd. “All the support of the people at Jeffreys Bay, Garth (Tarlow), Steve (Smith), my girlfriend Lyndall (Jarvis), my mum and dad and everyone else. It’s been a really special week for me and I’m so happy right now."

He was definitely in championship form. Posting the highest scores of Round 1 last Friday – he utilized his vast experience at the break to throw down progressive maneuvers and big airs to tally rides of 8.60 and 7.0 in the Finals.

Jordy started the final day on fire, smashing his way to victories over Damien Hobgood in the quarterfinals then leaving Adrian Buchan in the dust in the semifinals.

“Today’s a huge win for me,” he continued. “Last year it was very emotional. To back it up this year just feels really, really good. It’s huge for my confidence and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Congratulations to Jordy for the big win!

1 –Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83

SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.46 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.87
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.47 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.93
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.94
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.83 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.16
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.40 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 5.43

ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay):
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 25700 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 24750 pts
3. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22250 pts
4. Mick Fanning (AUS) 19500 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 18250 pts
6. Kelly Slater (USA) 16950 pts
7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 16000
8. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15000
9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13900 pts
9. Owen Wright (AUS) 13900 pts


Andrew De Lara


July 26, 2011

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