Jordy takes 3rd in France while Buitendag hits 13th
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 October, 2014 - South Africa’s Jordy Smith clinched third place in the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 9 of 11 on the ASP World Championship (WCT), to move up to 9th on the rankings with two events still to be run before the 2014 World Surfing Champion is crowned.
The event was won by Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence who dominated the final rounds of competition held in heaving two to three metre hollow waves, defeating Jadson Andre (BRA) in the Final.
Smith was on fire from the outset, winning his opening encounter in smaller 1.5 metre waves last week to advance directly to Round 3 where he defeated Julian Wilson (AUS). Victory over Taj Burrow (AUS) and Andre in Round 4 saw Smith progress to the Quarterfinals. There he defeated current ASP World No. 2 Kelly Slater (USA) before being eliminated by Andre in their Semifinal duel.
“Felt like I had a good heat against Kelly (Slater), then I couldn’t buy a wave in my Semifinal,” Smith said. “Congrats to Jadson (Andre) though. He’s been surfing well all event and he’s hungry for a result. I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Following the elimination of current ASP WCT rankings leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals, Smith’s clash with Slater held huge title implications and the 11-time ASP World Champion’s loss means that the 20 year-old Brazilian can now clinch the 2014 ASP World Title by winning the next event in Portugal.
Bianca Buitendag 13th as Stephanie Gilmore claims Cascais Women's Pro
Bianca Buitendag lost her opening two heats at the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal last week to finish equal 13th at Stop No. 9 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). The 20 year-old from George in the Southern Cape dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 on the 2014 WCT rankings going into the final event of the year in Hawaii at the end of November.