Jordy Smith: frozen air

Filipe Toledo and Jordy Smith scored Perfect 10 waves in Billabong Rio Pro 2013, at Barra da Tijuca, Brazil, as the event enters Quarterfinals.


Despite the improved three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels, the best surfers in the world had to battle bumpy wave faces.

Toledo, the 2013 ASP Dream Tour rookie, put together an immaculate alley-oop to air-reverse combination, securing a perfect 10-point ride for the effort.

While fellow competitor Jordy Smith, went on to earn a perfect 10 of his own in the amazing Round 4 affair, Toledo's back-up score of 8.43 was enough to secure a spot directly in to the Quarterfinals over Smith and Mick Fanning.

"That was my first perfect 10 on the tour and I'm at a loss for words right now. I can't even describe how I'm feeling. I'm just so stoked to compete against Jordy (Smith) and Mick (Fanning)", Toledo said.

"I went for the first big air and I was so happy that I made it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I'm going to do another one.' I had that other section and I made the second air. I'm so excited right now, I don't know what to say".

Adriano de Souza, Adrian Buchan, Sebastian Zietz also secured a place in the Quarterfinals. Kelly Slater got some of the highest scores of Billabong Rio Pro competition, in Round 3 but unable to reproduce the same magic in Round 4 and had to surf Round 5 against Taj Burrow.

"Taj definitely brings the best out in me. I didn't want to surf, the waves were terrible and the waves ended up getting good out there. Luckily I was able to get that air reverse", says Slater.

Billabong Rio Pro 2013 Quarterfinals:
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)