The last two World Tour stops have been storybook endings by first-time World Tour victors. First, rookie Jadson Andre getting his first Tour win at home in Brazil. And now Mr. South Africa himself, Jordy Smith, finally taking the Jeffrey’s Bay title. He’s been surfing J-Bay since he was seven years old, and what better way to pop his World Tour victory cherry than to take the World Title Race lead in front of a home crowd?
This year’s Billabong Pro Jeffrey’s Bay was a historic one, it was the first contest to finish in the first four days since the waiting period was instituted. A nod must be given to contest director Mike Parsons on taking advantage of swell and not waiting around.
Going back to Jadson Andre earlier, two rookies in a row have stepped it up. Adam Melling and Jadson have both said, “Hey, I can make a World Tour final, and I’m gonna stay on Tour.” And what we saw in the tailend of the Billabong Pro was that Adam Melling can f—king surf. The bloke from Lennox Head has been underrated for years and with the dismissing of Dusty, Damien, and Taj all on the final day Adam skyrocketed himself out of the basement on the ratings and into some light that could see him surviving the cut—and hopefully he does, because I think J-Bay was just a preview of what this guy can do.
But at the end of the day it was all about Jordy Smith. The vuvuzelas consistently horned on the beach with each blowtail, each slicing hack, each speed-gaining floater. It was evident from the first day that Jordy knew this year was his time to make it happen. Coming into the event he was atop the Overall World Ratings, and that surely brought a boatload of confidence for him. He made no mistakes and it’s quite clear that he is a World Title threat from now on, and for many, many years to come.—Ryan Brower
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Final Results:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93
2 – Adam Melling (AUS) 10.00
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.40
SF 2: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.00 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.67
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.43 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.20
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.17 def. Sean Holmes (ZAF) 11.83
QF 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 3.66
QF 4: Adam Melling (AUS) 16.43 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 5.67
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Remaining Round 4 Results:
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) 17.07 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.50
Current ASP World Title Race Top 10 (after South Africa):
1. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 28500 pts
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 24750 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 23500 pts
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 20000 pts
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 19500 pts
6. Mick Fanning (AUS) 19250 pts
7. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 18750 pts
8. Bobby Martinez (USA) 16500 pts
9. Jadson Andre (BRA) 16000 pts
10. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14750 pts
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