Smith disappointed with third at Rip Curl Pro in Australia

2013-04-03 00:00

DURBAN’S Jordy Smith was one of the in-form surfers at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia, but he had to be content with equal third as the event finished yesterday.

He lost in the semi-final to eventual champion Adriano de Souza of Brazil, a disappointment for Smith, who had looked solid all week and was keen to add the world’s oldest surfing event, which has been around since 1962, to his CV.

Smith had enjoyed a consistent week where he recorded high scores with regularity and it came as a surprise when he lost to the Brazilian 18,44 to 18,40.

“It’s obviously disappointing I never got the score when I needed it most,” he said.

“This is one of world surfing’s iconic events and the winner gets to ring a bell, something I am keen to achieve.

“It’s been an awesome week and hats off to Adriano, who was ripping all week. There were some standout performances all along and interesting results make for an interesting tour as the year marches on.”

De Souza became the fist South American winner of the event when he downed ASP Dream Tour rookie Nat Young of the USA in the final 16,26 to 15,83, in waves of one to one-and-a-half metres.

This was the second of 10 events on the ASP World Championship Tour and boasts past champions such as Mark Richards, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan, Martin Potter, Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.

De Souza was delighted to add his name to the list, saying, “For me, this is the most important event on tour. Heroes of mine have rung the bell in the past and to join them is more than an honour. I love this event and have been coming here regularly in past years. It’s been tough for me so far as I started the year without a sponsor.”

The win sees the Brazilian into fourth spot on the ASP rankings ahead of the next event on his home soil, in Brazil.

“While it’s great surfing at home, there is huge pressure on me to perform. Hopefully I can keep the winning momentum going,” he said.

Young’s second place secured him fifth place on the rankings, tied with current world champion Parkinson. Smith is in seventh, with Slater topping the pile.

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