Jordy on form in California
Jordy Smith (ASP/Rowland)
California - Jordy Smith is still showing the form that has everyone talking about a world title, as he totally dominated his first round of the Vans US Open Of Surfing event in good surf on Monday at Huntington Beach.
Smith is representing South Africa along with seven more of our top surfers, including the likes of Travis Logie, Bianca Buitendag, Dale Staples and Beyrick De Vries.
Smith is currently sitting in fourth position on the World Championship Tour of surfing, behind Mick Fanning (AUS) in first, Kelly Slater (USA) in second and current world champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in third.
In powerful 4-6 foot windblown waves, Smith won his opening heat convincingly, beating Garret Parkes (AUS) into second with both surfers advancing, and with Heitor Alves (BRA) and Nathan Hedge (AUS) being eliminated.
After the recent Oakley Pro Bali, Smith has been in Cape Town and preparing for this event by training and surfing in and around the Cape Peninsula.
“I’m just going to take it one heat at a time,” said Smith of his approach to this 6 Star Prime surfing event.
“I’m going to approach each heat as a free surf and take it from there. No pressure.”
With a third and a first place finish under his belt this year, Smith has made it clear that he wants a world title this year.
“I’ve been feeling fairly confident this year,” said an unassuming Jordy after his heat.
“I’ve got some good boards and I’ve been training hard as well.”
With a first prize purse of $100 000 for first prize as well as 6 500 points on the table, this is an event that every professional surfer on the planet wants to win, and be the iconic US Open Champion for one year.
Smith will face up against Dion Atkinson (AUS), Hodei Collazo (EUK) and Yadin Nicol (AUS) in his next heat in the round of 38.