Jordy is top SA performer at pro

2017-06-27 06:01
Jordy Maree from Kommetjie was the highest placed South African in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro which ended in Melkbosstrand on Sunday.

Jordy Maree from Kommetjie was the highest placed South African in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro which ended in Melkbosstrand on Sunday. (WSL/ Thurtell)

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Kommetjie’s Jordy Maree was the best-placed South African in the men’s event of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro in front of a packed beachfront at Melkbosstrand on Sunday.

Brazil’s Alex Ribeiro and Zoe McDougall from Hawaii won the men’s and women’s events.

Maree reached the last 16 and finished nineth overall in the highly competitive category.

Joshe Faulkner from Jeffreys Bay was the only South African winner at the event, successfully defending the junior men’s crown he won last year, while Australia’s Sophia Fulton dominated the junior women’s final.

Ribeiro added this week’s World Surf League qualifying series (QS) 1000 win to his victory in the QS 3000 SA Open of Surfing in Durban last weekend, which sees the former championship tour surfer jump three places to second spot on the QS rankings.

“I’m super stoked to be here in Cape Town; I was really focused to make another result here. It’s a special time for me this year in South Africa, I’m stoked to have two wins,” Ribeiro says.

The presence of event sponsor and current world number three, Jordy Smith, drew throngs of spectators to the event. He put his signature on everything from surfboards to t-shirts and posters before presiding at the awards ceremony.

The outreach programmes by Surfing South Africa at each of the five events in the City surf series enabled young surfers from different backgrounds to participate in the international events.


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