Jordy Smith finishes 9th at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

South African Jordy Smith finished equal ninth in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ on a day of major upsets at the first event on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour being run at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia.

Jordy Smith. Photo: WSL Swilly
Jordy Smith. Photo: WSL Swilly

After 11 days of tiny waves, the contest resumed yesterday and the quarterfinalists were decided today on the penultimate day of the extended 13 day waiting period.

Competing in inconsistent but well shaped one metre waves that got better as the day progressed, Smith used his trademark powerful rail turns and progressive fins-free manoeuvres to defeat dangerous rookie Matt Banting (AUS) in Round 3.

However, he could not match the high flying repertoire of Brazilian teenager Felipe Toledo in Round 4, placing second in the three-man encounter. Smith was eliminated in the last heat of the day by Gold Coast stalwart Bede Durbidge (AUS) who found the best wave of their 30 minute, man-on-man Round 5 heat and posted a near perfect 9.50 points out of a possible 10 to clinch victory and advance to the quarters.

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The day’s action produced a slew of upsets with reigning WSL World Champion and defending event champ Gabriel Medina (BRA), 11-time world champ Kelly Slater (USA), 2014 rankings runner-up John John Florence (HAW) and 2012 world champ and local star Joel Parkinson (AUS) all being eliminated from competition in Round 3 at the hands of lower-seeded opponents.

Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning will all be in the lineup at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay from 8 – 19 July for the JBay Open of Surfing, one of the events that take place during the annual JBay Winterfest.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):

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Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 8.77
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.67 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.20
Heat 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.77 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9.93
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.60 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.90
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.43 def. Nat Young (USA) 8.94
Heat 6: Glenn Hall (IRL) 14.23 vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.50
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.56 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.00
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.90 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.44
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.76 def. Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 1.13
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.67 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 13.90
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.74
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.83 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.13

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 4 Results (1st to QF, 2nd & 3rd to R5):

Heat 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 17.23, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.47, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.37
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.37, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.13, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.50
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.50
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.83, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.57, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.23

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 5 Results (1st to QF, 2nd=9th):

Heat 1: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 17.34 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.33
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.73 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.50
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.94 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.07
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.83

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st to SF, 2nd=5th):

QF 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
QF 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

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