JORDY Smith, of Llandudno, was one of the stand-out surfers at the Quiksilver Pro World Championship Tour surfing event at Snapper Rocks, Australia yesterday.
Smith, who was the 2010 runner-up for the world title, turned on an amazing performance in the last heat of the day on the opening day of the competition.
Smith was up against rookie surfer Glenn “Micro” Hall from Ireland and former world champion CJ Hobgood in the excellent 3-4ft conditions running down the sand-bottom point of the fabled Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast. Smith, who has been in intensive training in Cape Town, found his waves towards the end of his heat and wrestled victory from his opponents.
“I had a bit of a slow start to my heat,” said Smith after his heat win. “Then I picked up two good waves in the last few minutes, and both of them were perfectly-formed waves. I managed to get a couple of turns in at the beginning and then the waves ran all the way down to the bottom and I continued to put in the moves.”
Smith was the final instalment in a great South African surfing result in Australia, with Travis Logie from Durban and Bianca Buitendag from George both winning their heats as well, and advancing through their rounds.
The Quiksilver Pro is the first event of the 2013 Surfing World Championship Tour (WCT).