Jordy Smith: he won his second Ballito Pro title | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Jordy Smith has taken out the 2017 Ballito Pro, in three-to-four-foot waves at Willard Beach, South-Africa.

The South African defeated Willian Cardoso in a high-scoring final. Smith secured his second Ballito Pro title after winning it in 2010.

"I had a bit of a slow start, but I ended up sticking that first air, and from there I was actually enjoying my surf out there and just taking my time as the waves came through," explained Smith.

"Eventually I got that one wave with a nice section and got one of the biggest ramps all week and just went for it and I landed it. I’m really happy with my performance this week, and hopefully, I can take this momentum to J-Bay."

With a victory in a QS10,000 event, Smith moves into the fifth position on the QS rankings; Cardoso leaps to second on the leaderboard and increases his hopes of joining the elite of surfing in 2018.

2017 Ballito Pro | Final

1. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.06
2. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.37