- 05 December 2016 | Surfing
South African Jordy Smith has taken out the 2016 Vans World Cup of Surfing, at Sunset Beach, in Hawaii.
The Championship Tour surfer won his second event of the season, after defeating Frederico Morais, Torrey Meister, and Tanner Gudauskas, in the final held in eight-to-ten-foot surf.
Smith applied his classic rail-to-rail game to build his scores and sealed the deal with the highest wave score of the heat - an 8.73.
"Unbelievable, can't believe it. I feel like this event has eluded me in the past. I didn't have any expectations; I think that was the difference for this event. I just kind of went out there with an open mind," explained Jordy Smith.
"Early in my career, I made a couple of finals out here. I really had something going with the place. I don't know; it’s been like six or seven years where I just couldn't do a thing right. And then, everything just came together this year, so I'm just really happy."
Frederico Morais is sitting on the top spot of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing rankings. The Portuguese athlete has also secured his spot on the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour.
The final event of the year is the 2016 Billabong Pipe Masters. The waiting period for the last jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing runs from December 8th-20th.
2016 Vans World Cup of Surfing | Final
1. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 15.06
2. Frederico Morais (POR), 14.10
3. Torrey Meister (HAW), 9.94
4. Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 8.90