Smith surfs up a storm

2010-07-10 00:00

BALLITO — World No. 2 Jordy Smith (Durban) booked his ticket into the semi-finals of the Mr Price Pro Ballito yesterday, defeating 2006 Pro Surf Tour Champion Warwick Wright (Durban), but the contest was called off due to deteriorating conditions caused by the north-easterly wind.

Taking control of the heat from the word go, Smith threw down a pair of 6,00 and 7,17 scores (both out of 10), extending his lead with another 7,00 ride for some electric front side carves, obliterating the wind-affected waves to the satisfaction of his home crowd.

“I’m super-stoked to be one step closer to the final,” Smith said. Completing two excellent performances, including posting a score of 8,13 to eliminate Daniel Redman (uMdloti) during the round of 16, Smith’s foolproof strategy could see him lift the 2010 trophy at the weekend.

“I have a good heat structure where I spend the first 10 minutes getting my wave count up. After that, I sit and wait for the good ones,” Smith said.

Although disappointed to finish equal fifth, Wright found solace in the fact that he had eliminated the last standing international competitor in the event, World No. 13 Chris Davidson (AUS). Wright’s performance today has ensured that a South Africa will be crowned the 2010 Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion.

The 2009 ASP Africa Champion, Royden Bryson (East London), took an emotional victory over fellow team-mate and friend 2008 ASP Africa Champion David Weare (Durban). The pint-sized surfer generated plenty of speed for some beautiful off-the-bottom, off-the-top combinations.

Bryson snatched his victory over Weare in the dying minutes of their exchange with a massive crack under the lip and critical air drop floater, which earned him a near perfect 9,00 ride.

The 2008 ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion, Klee Strachan (Scottburgh), caused a big upset when he defeated 2006 Mr Price Pro Champion Ricky Basnett (Bluff) today. Also advancing into the quarter-finals today were Brendon Gibbens (Cape Town), who narrowly edged out Rudy Palmboom (Bluff), while Travis Logie (Durban) was able to dispose of Shane Thorne (Durban).

Casey Grant (Scottburgh) found himself surfing a solo heat when his opponent Frankie Oberholzer (Scottburgh) had to be hospitalised due to a severe case of food poisoning.

Conditions willing, the competition will continue today with the remainder of the quarter-final heats. The first heat of the day will see Damien Fahrenfort (Cape Town) up against Bryson, followed by Grant who meets Logie. Strachan will take on Gibbens.

Tune in to East Coast Radio for live updates, and if you can’t make it down to the beach you can watch all the action live on the webcast at www.mrpricepro.com.

RESULTS:

ROUND OF 16

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (SA) 15,83 def Daniel Redman (SA) 7,83

Heat 2: Warwick Wright (SA) 13,00 def Chris Davidson (AUS) 10,50

Heat 3: Damien Fahrenfort (SA) 9,00 def Simon Fish (SA) 7,00

Heat 4: Royden Bryson (SA) 14,33 def David Weare (SA) 10,67

Heat 5: Travis Logie (SA) 12,00 def Shane Thorne (SA) 9,50

Heat 6: Casey Grant (SA) 14,83 def Frankie Oberholzer (SA) 0,00

H eat 7: Brendon Gibbens (SA) 10,84 def Rudy Palmboom (SA) 9,80

Heat 8: Klee Strachan (SA) 9,30 def Ricky Basnett (SA) 8,27

QUARTER-FINALS

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (SA) 14,27 def Warwick Wright (SA) 10,16

UPCOMING HEATS

Heat 2: Royden Bryson (SA) def Damien Fahrenfort (SA)

Heat 3: Travis Logie (SA) def Casey Grant (SA)

Heat 4: Brendon Gibbens (SA) def Klee Strachan (SA).

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