Jordy Smith has ripped his way to the quarter finals of the Billabong Rio Pro in the sometimes sloppy, sometimes rad, beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca. He did this with a series of pits and punts, with one particular spin in Round 5 seeing ...
Jordy Smith has ripped his way to the quarter finals of the Billabong Rio Pro in the sometimes sloppy, sometimes rad, beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca. He did this with a series of pits and punts, with one particular spin in Round 5 seeing Jordy awarded a massive 9.0 for a single air that you just have to go re-watch on the heat reviews now. Once you’ve been floored by that impressive air (which is one of the fastest and smoothest spins ever seen in competition), then go watch Felipe Toledo’s OMG perfect ten in his Round 4 match-up with Jordy and Mick Fanning. Boom Boom – Just like that, a giant alley oop followed by a big air reverse in the matter of seconds.
Jordy, punting his way to the Quarter Finals.
To claim the Billabong Rio Pro and put himself solidly in the world title race Jordy will have to see off a challenge from a trio of Brazilians; Gabriel Medina, Felipe Toledo and of course Adriano De Souza, along with King Kelly, Sebastian Zietz, Mick Fanning and Ace Buchan. But if the Saffa superstar continues to have as much fun as he has been in his heats in Rio, then he’s going to be a hard man to beat. Big smiling claims show that he’s having a ball, and Jordy is a dangerous competitor when he’s having fun.
Here are the highlights from the second last day of the Billabong Rio Pro:
Check out the official press release below.
BILLABONG RIO PRO QUARTER FINALISTS DECIDED IN BARRELING BARRA DA TIJUCA
Filipe Toledo advanced to the quarterfinals of the Billabong Rio Pro. Photo: ASP/ Smorigo
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Saturday, May 18, 2013) - The Billabong Rio Pro returned to Barra Da Tijuca for the second consecutive day and saw flawless performances from the ASP Top 34 as they battled through Rounds 3, 4 and 5, deciding the event’s Quarterfinalists in improved three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels.
Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, 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 (ZAF), 25, 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 two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 31.
“That was my first perfect 10 on the tour and I’m at a loss for words right now,” Toledo said. “I can’t even describe how I’m feeling. I’m just so stoked to compete against Jordy (Smith) and Mick (Fanning). I competed with them in the same round at Bells and to win this heat in Brazil is amazing. When I saw the sets coming, Jordy had priority and he was paddling for the one behind me. I knew it was going to be good. 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.”
Hometown hero Adriano de Souza entertain his fans. Photo: ASP/ Kirstin
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, put in a strong performance in his Round 4 match-up against Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, and Nat Young (USA), 21, earning a spot directly in to the Quarterfinals following a priority interference by Burrow. While Burrow posted two near-perfect scores, de Souza earned two excellent rides of his own, posting a 15.90 out of 20 heat total to secure the Quarterfinals berth.
“Before the heat started I was really focused,” De Souza said. “I knew Taj (Burrow) was going to be dangerous and I have a lot of respect of Nat young, but Nat was in the middle of us and I knew it’d be hard for him. Taj was on fire during the whole heat and I just focused on my waves. 5 minutes before the heat ended I heard Taj got an amazing wave, but then later I heard Taj got the interference. I was happy to make it, but it’s too bad for Taj. He’s an idol of mine and an amazing surfer.”
Adrian Buchan (AUS), 30, took a massive Round 4 victor
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