Connor O'Leary: attacking the Ballito right-handers | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Connor O'Leary has taken out the 2016 Ballito Pro, held in South Africa.

The Australian surfer from Cronulla defeated Joan Duru in an all goofy-foot final and climbed up the rankings to number two in the World Surf League (WSL) leaderboard.

With perfect right-handers peeling down the line, the French started strong with a 7.37, but O'Leary held his composure and built a solid overall score of 17.30 points.

"Joan is one of my favorite surfers on the QS, and I love to watch him surf. Being able to compete with him in the final was top of the hat, and the best day ever," expressed O'Leary.

Both surfers showed a magnificent bottom-to-top backhand attack and proved once again that, in punchy beach breaks, natural-footers don't hold an advantage over goofy-footers.

The next stop on the QS calendar is the Pro A Coruna, in Galicia, Spain.

2016 Ballito Pro | Final

1. Connor O'Leary (AUS), 17.30
2. Joan Duru (FRA), 15.80

2016 Men's Qualifying Series | Rankings after Ballito Pro

1. Leonardo Fioravanti (IA)
2. Connor O'Leary (AUS)
3. Joan Duru (FRA)
4. Deivid Silva (BRA)
5. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
6. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
7. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
8. Evan Geiselman (USA)
9. Cooper Chapman (AUS)
10. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)