- 19 April 2017 | Surfing
Jordy Smith has taken out the 2017 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, in Australia.
The South African surfer has finally rung the bell. Smith defeated Caio Ibelli in the grand final with an impressive two-wave total of 18.90 points.
Jordy Smith immediately made things easy for himself with a collection of sharp turns, eye-catching floaters, and flawless snaps applied on the eight-foot walls of Torquay's most famous break.
"I can't even believe it. I woke up this morning, and I was okay with just being in the Round 4, and then every heat after that was a bonus. I was just not taking it too seriously, as you can probably tell from my claims in the final," said Smith.
"I was trying to pull anything I had to sell it to the judges. This is absolutely a dream come true. It's been ten years trying my very best. I am over the moon, today."
"I knew he was going to fight for the inside, but he took a really bad wave. That kind of played into my hand. But he is a phenomenal surfer, and you can't take anything away from him. For me, it was all about taking the waves from him and do the best surfing I could do."
Is this a world title year for Jordy Smith? Can he keep his moment going, and push his hopes forward?
"I hope so. I just want to try my best in every event. Last year I did a lot of learning. I have a good team behind me," concludes the South African.
With his maiden win at Bells Beach, Jordy Smith jumps to second in the World Surf League (WSL) rankings, just 800 points short of John John Florence.
2017 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach | Final
1. Jordy Smith (RSA), 18.90
2. Caio Ibelli (BRA), 17.46