Jordy Smith: laid back winner

Jordy Smith has conquered the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in a hard-fought Final over Mick Fanning, in front of the raucous and hardy hometown crowd on the beach and three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf.

His local knowledge allowed him to select the best waves in the Final to overtake an in-form Fanning. The win was met with an eruption from those in attendance braving the harsh weather and Smith was cheered up the beach to an emotional audience.

"It’s been an incredible week for me," Smith said. "All the support of the people at Jeffreys Bay, Garth (Tarlow), Steve (Smith), my girlfriend Lyndall (Jarvis), my mom and dad and everyone else. It’s been a really special week for me and I’m so happy right now."

Moving from 5th to 2nd on the ASP World Title rankings, the young South African is now firmly in the hunt and will utilize the confidence attained today to propel him through the latter half of the year.

"Mick (Fanning) has surfed amazing all week," Smith said. "He’s always an inspiration and he’s right there with everyone in the hunt for the title. Today’s a huge win for me. Last year, it was very emotional. To back it up this year just feels really, really good. It’s huge for my confidence and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year."

Today’s placing sees Fanning move from 8th to 4th on the ASP World Title Rankings.

"It was really difficult out there today," Fanning said. "Three heats yesterday and three heats today and felt like the arms wanted to fall off. Big congratulations to Jordy (Smith) though. It was great surfing. It’s inspirational stuff and I’m looking forward to the next one."

With his Equal 3rd finish, Joel Parkinson ascends to the frontrunner position in the hunt for the 2011 ASP World Title, but the perennial threat remains cautious when regarding the remainder of the season.

"I don’t really think about that yet," Parkinson said. "It’s only the fourth event of the year and I’ve been in this position before. I’m happy with my surfing and my boards and I’ll keep my eyes on the next heat."

The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season will be the Billabong Pro Tahiti from August 20 – 31, 2011.

BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83