South Africa’s Smith looks good in first round of Australian contest

2014-04-03 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s Jordy Smith dominated his heat in round one of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia yesterday, the second stop on the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour.

With the event given the green light for the day, Smith hit the water early, joining Sebastian Zietz (Haw) and Brazilian Raoni Monteiro in heat two.

Having got in the water, the heat was restarted after the riders were starved of any decent waves for 10 minutes.

Despite the hiccup, Smith went hard, recording the first score of meaning in the heat when he knocked up a 8.33 after a series of ferocious forehand carves.

He looked his old self, after a surprise round two exit at the previous event on the Gold Coast, and having tasted success with a good score here, he was dominant, adding an additional righthander for a 7.00 score and a overall heat total of 15.33, well ahead of Monteiro (10.70) and Zietz (6.26).

This heat win sees Smith progress straight to the third round with the losers surf in a round two elimination.

“I would like to improve on my performance at Snapper Rocks [in the previous event] and, with a long year ahead, know that there will be some bad results along the way,” he said. “Hopefully, I started with my bad result and have got it out the way so I can look forward to a good tour in the months ahead,” he said.

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