Engaged Jordy dominates
Jordy Smith (ASP/Rowland)
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Huntington Beach - South African surfer Jordy Smith continued to dominate at the Vans US Open Of Surfing, with another stellar performance at Huntington Beach Pier.
In the punchy 2 to 4-foot surf, Smith dominated in the non-elimination round of 24 to advance directly to the round of 16.
Smith posted another incredible heat score with a 9.17 and an 8.20, securing him the second day of high scores. Smith defeated CJ Hobgood (USA) and Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in the process.
"I knew that heat was going to be tough," Smith said.
"Ramzi (Boukhiam) has been ripping and CJ (Hobgood) started strong with that 8. I got that 9 and that was the turning point for me. If you get the right waves out there you're going to get high scores. I knew it was going to be a comeback heat for me and I'm happy to get the win."
Jordy stuck to his game plan of selecting right-hand bowls off the pier that allowed him to perform high scoring moves all the way to the beach. He backed this up with one lucky left-hander that opened up for him and wedged across the beach allowing his to show his full repertoire of backhand moves. The waves at Huntington Beach are similar to the waves that Smith surfed all his life in Durban and he is feeling right at home in the shifty and unpredictable peaks.
The Vans US Open of Surfing is a 6 star Prime World Qualifying Series event, and has a $100 000 first prize. Jordy is a former runner-up to the event, and looks set to keep an appointment with the winner’s podium this year. The event can be watched LIVE
on the event website.
Bianca Buitendag (George) and Beyrick de Vries (Durban) are also both still in the event, with both of them looking for career best results in the tournament.
Smith is currently fourth in the world on the World Championship Tour ratings, and is determined for a world title this year. The next event on the calendar is the Billabong Pro Tahiti from August 15-26.
Smith’s performance might have been bolstered by the fact that he proposed to his girlfriend, model Lyndall Jarvis on Thursday.
Smith asked Jarvis to paddle out on a longboard in front of the house where they were staying, and when they were out amongst the waves, he produced a ring and popped the question.