Billabong Pro J-Bay
ASP World Tour Men's event #4 of 11
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
14 - 24 July 2011
Smith Goes Back-to-Back at Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Parkinson Leads ASP World Title Race
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 July, 2011 : - - Jeffreys Bay, South Africa Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, has taken out the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in a hard-fought Final over Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, in front of the raucous and hardy hometown crowd on the beach and hundreds of thousands watching online.
Event No. 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pro culminated in dramatic fashion today with victory at sea, three-to-four foot (1 1.5 metre) surf and the worlds best surfers displayed their comprehensive abilities to shred anything from yesterdays perfection to todays challenging conditions.
Smith continuously posted impressive scores throughout his Quarterfinal, Semfinal and Final heats, but it was his local knowledge that allowed his to select the best waves in the Final to overtake an in-form Fanning. The win was met with an eruption from those in attendance braving the harsh weather, and Smith was cheered up the beach to an emotional audience.
Its been an incredible week for me, Smith said. All the support of the people at Jeffreys Bay, Garth (Tarlow), Steve (Smith), my girlfriend Lyndall (Jarvis), my mom and dad and everyone else. Its been a really special week for me and Im so happy right now.
Jordy Smith © ASP / Kirstin
Moving from 5th to 2nd on the ASP World Title rankings, the young South African is now firmly in the hunt and will utilize the confidence attained today to propel him through the latter half of the year.
Mick (Fanning) has surfed amazing all week, Smith said. Hes always an inspiration and hes right there with everyone in the hunt for the title. Todays a huge win for me. Last year, it was very emotional. To back it up this year just feels really, really good. Its huge for my confidence and Im looking forward to the rest of the year.
Fanning, who claimed the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in 2002 and 2006, appeared to find his form this morning, dusting Gold Coast flyboy Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, en route his Runner-Up finish. Todays placing sees Fanning move from 8th to 4th on the ASP World Title Rankings.
It was really difficult out there today, Fanning said. Three heats yesterday and three heats today and felt like the arms wanted to fall off. Big congratulations to Jordy (Smith) though. It was great surfing. Its inspirational stuff and Im looking forward to the next one.
Mick Fanning © ASP / Kirstin
Parkinson, 2008 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay winner, was in sensational form this year, consistently notching up high scores throughout the event before falling to a rampaging Fanning in the Semifinals.
The conditions are a bit tedious today but every now and then theres a good wave, Parkinson said. Everyone is in the same boat too we all have to deal with it. Shame I couldnt find the same rhythm that Mick (Fanning) did out there, but thats how it goes sometimes.
With his Equal 3rd finish, Parkinson ascends to the frontrunner position in the hunt for the 2011 ASP World Title, but the perennial threat remains cautious when regarding the remainder of the season.
I dont really think about that yet, Parkinson said. Its only the fourth event of the year and Ive been in this position before. Im happy with my surfing and my boards and Ill keep my eyes on the next heat.
Joel Parkinson © ASP / Kirstin
Adrian Buchan (AUS), 28, former No. 17 on the ASP World Title rankings, led the goofy-footed assault on Jeffreys Bay throughout the event and his Equal 3rd place finish today moves the Australian up to 11th heading into the next event in Tahiti.
I missed a good one at the start and that really let Jordy (Smith) get on top early in the heat, Buchan said. I always felt like I could come back but it just didnt happen for me. Its still an excellent result for me and Im excited about the next few events.
Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, 2011 ASP Dream Tour rookie, matched his best result of the year with and Equal 5th place finish. Muniz now sits well inside the cutoff for the ASP Top 34 rotation in August, and will remain a fixture at the elite level throughout the duration of the season.
I never thought I would have good results in my rookie year, Muniz said. I am surfing with my heroes and to be getting through heats is what I always dreamed of as a little kid. This matches my best result this year from the Gold Coast and Im stoked to be safe for the August cutoff.
Muniz, along with fellow rookie Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, both finished Equal 5th at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.
Adrian Buchan © ASP / Kirstin
Check the Results/Photos/Videos
The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season will be the Billabong Pro Tahiti from August 20 31, 2011.
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY FINAL RESULTS:
1 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
2 Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.46 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.87
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.47 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.93
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.94
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.83 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.16
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.40 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 5.43
ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay):
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 25700 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 24750 pts
3. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22250 pts
4. Mick Fanning (AUS) 19500 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 18250 pts
6. Kelly Slater (USA) 16950 pts
7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 16000
8. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15000
9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13900 pts
9. Owen Wright (AUS) 13900 pts
Jordy Smith & Mick Fanning © ASP / Kirstin
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