Jordy Smith has ended 2017 at the world's fourth-ranked surfer. Photo: WSL/Damien Poullenot

HAWAII – South Africa’s star surfer Jordy Smith has ended the year as the No 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) rankings.

The Durban-born Smith went into the last event of the season (the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii) ranked third and with a mathematical chance of clinching his first world title. 

But the two-time WSL runner-up was defeated by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) in Round 3, finishing equal 13th in the event and dropping to No 4 on the year-end leaderboard.

Hawaii’s John John Florence clinched the WSL title at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Oahu, Hawaii.

Universally regarded as one of the best all-round surfers, Florence has diligently worked at improving since qualifying for the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) in 2011. 

The WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (after Billabong Pipe Masters):

1 John John Florence (HAW) 59,600 pts
2 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 53,700 
3 Julian Wilson (AUS) 48,650 
4 Jordy Smith (RSA) 47,600 
5  Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 40,700 

African News Agency (ANA)

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