Jordy Smith sets sights higher
Johannesburg - Jordy Smith hopes to build on his impressive form as he goes in search of the world surfing title after defending his Billabong Pro crown in Jeffreys Bay at the weekend.
"This was a huge win for me. Last year, it was very emotional," Smith said after winning the South African leg of the ASP World Tour.
"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."
The victory boosted Smith from fifth to second place after four of the 11 stops on the 2011 World Tour.
The 24-year-old, who was left trailing Australian Joel Parkinson in the season standings, faced several tough heats on his way to victory in Jeffreys Bay.
Smith opened his campaign by defeating wildcard Sean Holmes and Adam Melling, and then dispatched close friend and fellow Durbanite Travis Logie in round three.
He then eliminated Bede Durbidge, Damien Hobgood and Adrian Buchan as he charged through to the final where he faced two-time world champion Mick Fanning of Australia.
Both Fanning and Smith found quality rides within the first few minutes on the final day.
Fanning was awarded an 8.0, but the Australian's lead was short-lived as Smith quickly answered with an 8.6.
Fanning was patient to counter, sitting for over 17 minutes before catching his next wave to post a 6.83, and Smith grabbed the lead for good with a 7.0 score on his second ride.