Jordy Smith: floating to victory | Photo: Red Bull/Trevor Moran

Jordy Smith has conquered the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014, in San Clemente, California, in windy five-foot wave ramps. The ASP World Tour title race has introduced new variables in the game.

Kelly Slater watched Gabriel Medina falling at the hands of Adrian Buchan in the quarterfinals, and he couldn't hide a smile. The Brazilian had lost first place in the overall rankings.

"I did mistakes and Adrian was surfing very well. It happens. Fifth place is a keeper. I just want to make heats. I will work more," expressed Medina.

But the pressure was on. Slater had to do better, and he smashed Joel Parking in the quarterfinals. The next challenge was an in-form John John Florence, but two mistakes in the last couple of minutes would put an end to Kelly's mission at Lowers.

"I enjoy surfing with John. Everything has been real tight. It's stressful, but it has been fun. He's been the surfer of the event," underlined Slater.

Two incredibly fast surfers were set for the final. Jordy Smith started well with a series of powerful carves and tail slides to earn himself a 9.33 keeper.

John John Florence answered quickly with his trademark air rotations but, with 15 minutes to go, it was not enough. In the second half of the final, both surfers tried impatiently to improve their overall heat scores.

The Hawaiin took the lead with an excellent 8.60 wave for several forehand attacks. The South African responded, and a last-minute exchange would leave judges deciding the winner after the buzzer. Victory for Jordy Smith celebrated out the back. Fourth Dream Tour victory of his career.

"I feel unbelievable. To be able to surf against the best surfer in the world at the moment is incredible," expressed Jordy Smith.

"I started the heat really well but right toward to the end I started to think about everyone that's been supporting me and it helped me nail that last wave. I knew I had to do something good. I'm over the moon, it's a dream of mine to win Trestles, especially after moving here."

In the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons showed why they're two of the best female surfers in the world. Nevertheless, Gilmore touched perfection by claiming the final with a Perfect 10 and a total heat score of 19.50 points.

Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014 | Final
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 16.50 def. John John Florence (HAW), 15.87

Swatch Women's Pro Trestles 2014 | Final
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 19.50 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 14.03