Jordy Smith on fire at Supertubes

2017-07-20 06:00
Two-time event winner (2010 and 2011) and current No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard Jordy Smith from South Africa posted a perfect 20 heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) at the Corona Open JBay on Tuesday. This is only the 10th time the feat has been achieved in 40-plus years of professional surfing and the first time anyone has earned a perfect 20 at JBay. It is also the first-ever perfect heat for Smith. Photo:ERNST OHLHOFF

Two-time event winner (2010 and 2011) and current No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard Jordy Smith from South Africa posted a perfect 20 heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) at the Corona Open JBay on Tuesday. This is only the 10th time the feat has been achieved in 40-plus years of professional surfing and the first time anyone has earned a perfect 20 at JBay. It is also the first-ever perfect heat for Smith. Photo:ERNST OHLHOFF

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A sensational day of action played out at the Corona Open JBay, stop No. 6 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) on Tuesday as the world’s best surfers delivered four perfect 10-point rides.

The two-time event winner (2010 and 2011) and current No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Jordy Smith from South Africa, posted a perfect 20-heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA). This is only the 10th time the feat has been achieved in 40-plus years of professional surfing and the first time anyone has earned a perfect 20 at JBay. It is also the first-ever perfect heat for Smith.

Despite a strong opening from Fioravanti, the hometown hero found the best waves of the heat to deliver two perfect rides. First Smith laid down two huge turns and a deep barrel for 10 points followed quickly by a display of his incredible power surfing and two more barrels for another perfect 10 to seal his victory and his place in the history books.

“At this stage I just feel so blessed,” said Smith on Tuesday.

“It was an incredible heat and I am so stoked to have surfed that heat. There were such unbelievable waves out there. To do it, to get 20 points in front of all my friends and family and all these local fans is also just such an amazing thing. It is Mandela Day today, and I think Madiba was looking out for me and sent me the bombs today.”

Other surfers to score 10-point rides today included Julian Wilson (AUS) and Filipe Toledo (BRA).

In the penultimate heat of the day, a non-elimination heat of Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo and Julian Wilson, a breaching Mako Shark caused the event to be called off for the day.

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