Other Sport

Win a dream come true: Smith

2013-05-20 12:08
Jordy Smith (File)

Johannesburg - South African Jordy Smith was delighted after picking up his first victory of the season on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.

Smith edged Brazilian favourite Adriano de Souza in Sunday's final of the Billabong Rio Pro at Barra Da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"This win feels unbelievable. It's another dream come true," Smith said.

"I knew I could win a World Tour event, but I had to prove to myself that I could do it away from South Africa.

"Thanks to the crowd and Adriano. He's been ripping the whole event."

Smith posted the highest scoring ride of the final for a massive front-side aerial that earned 9.30 points out of a possible 10. His second scoring wave included an impressive stale fish air-reverse that was awarded 8.50 points.

De Souza had the huge local crowd on his side, taking an early lead and fighting hard throughout the 35 minute final, but ultimately finished as runner-up with a total of 16.34 points to Smith's 17.80.

The South African's third World Tour career victory saw him jump five places to number two - 250 points behind leader De Souza - on the ASP World Tour rankings.

Smith defeated Brazilian teenager Filipe Toledo in the quarter-finals, and he beat two-time world champion Mick Fanning of Australia in the semi-finals.

"I knew it was going to be tough," he said.

"I was really nervous in the first heat against Filipe. Luckily I got through that one and when I came up against Mick I waited for better waves.

"When the swell dropped against Adriano and he took to the sky, I knew I was going to have to do the same, and luckily I got a couple of scores."

The next event of the World Tour season will be held in Tavarua, Fiji, in June.

Read more on:    jordy smith  |  surfing
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.