Jordy Smith continued to be a dominant force at Jeffreys Bay today, blitzing the roping right handers breaking at Supertubes with an unparalleled repertoire to defeat Owen Wright in a dynamic Round 4 bout in the Billabong Pro.
Enjoying strong support from the beach including the JBU vuvuzela’s, Smith took an early lead and never looked back. “Owen Wright has had the best backhand out here all event,” Smith said. “I knew I had to get a jump on him early and was fortunate that there were plenty of waves in that heat.
With his Quarterfinals berth at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Smith surpasses former nine-time World Champion Kelly Slater in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title, but the young South African is humble when regarding the remainder of the season.
“That’s cool but there’s still a long way to go,” Smith said. “Kelly may have lost today but he won’t be out of the title race until the hooter sounds at Pipe at the end of the year. Still, it’s a great position for me to be in and I’ll look to consolidate with a solid result here at Jeffreys Bay.”
Fellow South African Sean Holmes, a wildcard into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, continued to wreak havoc amongst the world’s best, derailing Slater’s Billabong Pro campaign in this morning’s Round 3 heat despite nursing a sore back. With sparse waves throughout the affair, Holmes allowed Slater a wave off his priority with moments to go before taking a bigger wave and cementing his win.
“Look, Kelly is going to belt the score he needs on any wave,” Holmes said. “For me, with my back, I wasn’t going to improve my score on the smaller wave so there was no point in me taking it. That was the tactic I was playing with throughout the heat and I was fortunate that the ocean cooperated with me at the end.”
Holmes rapport with Jeffreys Bay served him well again when he eliminating former World Champion Andy Irons in tight Round 4 heat leaving both South Africans looking good for the quarter finals.