Talent surfs into Jeffreys Bay
THE 2010 ASP World Tour has returned with a vengeance to Jeffreys Bay with the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history tearing into the iconic pointbreak.
Aussie Mick Fanning, reigning ASP World Champion and two-time past winner of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay kick-started his campaign by the field with the highest heat total of the event, a 16.70 out of a possible 20.
“The conditions changed a bit in our heat and we were slightly out of sorts,” he said.
“We were all hunting for the barrel because a lot of the previous heats had them but they didn’t pan out.
“After I readjusted to the conditions, I was really focusing on my turns and if a barrel presented itself, I would go from there.”
Current ASP World No. 2 Jordy Smith showed why he is the most dangerous man in South Africa with a 16.37 out of a possible 20 for an effortless display of forehand power gouges and beautiful tube-riding.
“I think the only kind of pressure that exists is that which I put on myself,” the youngster said.
“Winning last week in Durban was a great feeling but this is where I love to be and getting to surf firing Jeffreys with only two other guys out is an incredible experience.”
He enjoyed the full support of the locals who broke out their vuvuzelas to cheer on their countrymen.
“Being No 2 in South Africa is an interesting feeling,” Smith revealed.
“Obviously I want to get a good result and make my country proud but all that really isn’t on my mind when I’m out there and Jeffreys is firing.
“All you can think about it surfing your best and hopefully I can continue the momentum throughout the next few days.”
Rookie American Nate Yeomans secured his first elite tour victory by dispatching Australian pair Bede Durbidge and Luke Stedman with an impressive 15.83 out of a possible 20.
“I haven’t been looking at the ratings this year and just trying to focus on getting through heats,” Yeomans said.
“I thought I was in the 20s or something ... but 40s ... wow, that’s a ways to go.
“It’s all good though. I’ve got through that first heat and will just be looking to push harder from here on out.”