South Africa’s Jordy Smith clinched third place in the Quiksilver Pro France on the ASP World Championship Tour(WCT), to move up to 9th on the rankings.
There are two events still to be run before the 2014 World Surfing Champion is crowned.
The event was won by Hawaiian 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.
“I had a good heat against Kelly, 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 am 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.
Florence has been on a roll in recent events, collecting a 3rd in Tahiti and a Runner-Up finish to Smith in Trestles before his win in the South of France.
Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1 – John John Florence (HAW) 16.00
2 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 4.57
Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.60
SF 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.67 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.84
Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Quarterfinal Results:
QF 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.50 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.26
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.50
ASP WCT Rankings (Top 5 after Quiksilver Pro France):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,600 pts
4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
5. John John Florence (HAW) 41,950 pts
9. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,400 pts
31. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10,500 pts