South Africa’s favorite son has done it again. Jordan Smith has taken the win in his home country, beating Mick Fanning in the final of the Billabong Pro Jeffrey’s Bay.
Onshore wind was a big factor today, turning yesterday’s clean lines into lumpy doubled-up sections. The swell hung in enough though, with plenty of energy stumbling onto the rocks at Supertubes.
To answer your first question, yes Jordy cried again.
The young lad was overflowing with emotion as he got up onto the podium, having successfully defended his J-bay crown. The win was no easy one, facing a flaring Mick Fanning in the final.
Fanning drew first blood with an 8 point ride on his first wave. But Jordy would answer back 2 minutes later with a running right-hander, hacked to bits for an 8.60. Another 7 point ride, minutes later, would seal the victory.
While the sloppier waves limited performance potential a bit today, especially compared to yesterday’s highlight reel, both Jordy and Mick still found excellent scores in a highly contested finale. The crowd was frothed despite the wind and rain, once again hoisting Mr. Smith into the South African sky.
Joel Parkinson now assumes the World Title lead with Jordy in second.