O’Neill teamrider Jordy Smith wint stop nummer drie van de ASP World Championship Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilië. Smith (ZAF) versloeg de nationale favoriete Adriano de Souza (BRA) in de finale met een score van 17,80 punten. Lees hier het officiële bericht!
foto’s: ASP International/Kirstin Scholz
It was a tough road through the contest besting Kai Otton and Adam Melling in Round 1, and Kai again in Round 3. He overcame a loss to 18 year old Felipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 4 to return and defeat Toledo in the Quarterfinals. Smith advanced to the Semis where he dispatched tour veteran Mick Fanning (AUS) in a duel for the best waves of the heat in the midst of a lackluster swell.
Jordy met Adriano in the finals amid a dropping tide and smaller waves at Barra Da Tijuca. Adriano took to the air and Smith followed, matching De Souza wave for wave, and air for air.
“This win feels unbelievable,” Smith said. “It’s another dream come true. I knew I could win a World Tour event, but I had to prove to myself that I could do it away from South Africa. Thanks to crowd and Adriano (de Souza). He’s been ripping the whole event. Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the amazing support.”
With this win, Jordy jumps to #2 on the ASP World Tour behind #1 De Souza.
BILLABONG RIO PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.80
2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.34