Red Bull wave riders Julian Wilson and Jordy Smith enjoyed more than just flawless surf at the Mr Price Pro Ballito in South Africa as they both kept up their fine recent form.
Following the Australian's win at the Quicksilver Pro Portugal, Wilson cut some fine lines in the pristine tubes rolling in and placed an impressive joint third. He lost out to only John John Florence in the semi-finals, who eventually finished second to California's Patrick Gudauskas in the final.
'I’m definitely happy with my result,' said Wilson after his semi-final. 'That little bit of wind came up and it was hard to come out of the barrel. John John was by far the standout of this whole contest and that was pretty much like surfing a final. He’s the one to beat at this event for sure and I hope he goes all the way.'
Wilson moves up to 16 in the ASP world rankings with his finish.
Defending Mr Pro Price champion Jordy Smith (above), riding home surf, also finished joint third. He climbs from world number five to world number two in the ASP world rankings.
'It was a bunch of fun but it’s just a pity there weren’t any waves in that heat,' said Smith afterwards. 'You win some and you lose some and it’s still a great result that I will be looking to take into the next event in Jeffreys Bay.'
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