Smith had a poor start to the 2014 season, getting knocked out of the first event of the year, the Quiksilver Pro Snapper Rocks in Australia, in the second round. This result will see him start to climb up the rankings and hopefully see him back in the top five, where he was ranked for most of last year.
The Margaret River event, the second event on the ASP World Tour, enjoyed some good waves at the Main Break Margaret River, but it headed across the bay to a notoriously shallow reef break called The Box for Round 5. In this heat Jordy faced Brazilian Miquel Pupo, but made short work of the goofy-footed (right-foot forward) opponent.
In a polished display of tube riding, Smith advanced against his opponent and made it through to the quarter-finals of the event.
“It was a lot of fun out there,” said Smith of the heat at The Box.
“It’s quite a tricky wave, and it’s pretty shallow, but if you get the right ones you’re guaranteed a good score. I just sat patiently and waited for the bigger ones to come, as they were offering the better tube rides.”
For the quarter-finals the contest moved back to Main Break Margaret River, and Smith was defeated by Australian Bede Durbidge.
The next event on the World Tour is the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, set to start on Tuesday, April 15. Last year Jordy Smith finished third at Bells, missing a berth in the final by the smallest of margins against Brazilian Adriano De Souza.
“Bells is one of my favourite events on the tour,” said Smith of his upcoming event.
“It’s similar to waves that I am used to surfing back in South Africa, and I feel right at home there.”
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the third and final World Tour event on the Australian leg. After that the tour goes to Rio, then Fiji, before returning to South Africa and Jeffreys Bay for the first time since 2011.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach live webcast can be viewed HERE