Jordy Smith Wins the 2013 Billabong Pro, Rio De Janeiro
Jordy Smith just won the 2013 Billabong Pro, Rio De Janeiro over Adriano De Souza, with a 9.30 and an 8.50. “It feels unbelievable,” said Jordy, after joining the crowd in chanting ‘Mineirinho!’ (Adriano’s nickname). “It’s another dream come true for me. I knew I could win a world tour event, I just needed to prove […]
Jordy Smith just won the 2013 Billabong Pro, Rio De Janeiro over Adriano De Souza, with a 9.30 and an 8.50. “It feels unbelievable,” said Jordy, after joining the crowd in chanting ‘Mineirinho!’ (Adriano’s nickname). “It’s another dream come true for me. I knew I could win a world tour event, I just needed to prove to myself I could do it outside of South Africa.”
Getting to the final wasn’t easy. Jordy had to take down Filipe Toledo, arguably the form surfer of the event until today, then Mick Fanning, before facing Adriano (who’s kinda scary good on a small beachie in front of a passionate home crowd).“I knew it was going to be tough,” Jordy continued. “I was really nervous in the first heat against Filipe. Luckily I got through that one and when I came up against Mick I waited for better waves. When the swell dropped against Adriano and he took to the sky, I knew I was going to have to do the same, but luckily I got a couple of scores.”
Adriano was gracious in defeat: “I did my best out there and thanks to the crowd for being behind me 100 percent,” he said. “Jordy beat me in the final from start to finish. I’m so happy to be here representing Brazil. Jordy was the best out there today and congrats to him.” The runner up finish vaults Adriano into the lead on the world rankings, and puts Jordy into world number two.
Jordy by ASP/Kirstin, Adriano by ASP/Smorigo
UPCOMING BILLABONG RIO PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.80
2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.34
UPCOMING BILLABONG RIO PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.64 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50
SF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 8.26
UPCOMING BILLABONG RIO PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.33 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.30
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.43 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.93
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.50 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.37
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.76 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.07
ASP WCT TOP 5 SURFERS (Following Billabong Rio Pro):
1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18,500 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18,250 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18,200 pts
4. Kelly Slater (USA) 16,950 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15,700 pts
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