Jordy does well in South Africa over the contest season. To say there is expectation this year would be an understatement – Jordy is expected to deliver and to wow the local crowds, and he always does.
In 2010 Jordy had a big year in South Africa. He won the Mr Price Pro Ballito, defeating Casey Grant in the process, and went on to win the Billabong Pro J-Bay, defeating Australian Adam Melling in that event. His South African results played a huge part in him finishing the world tour as runner-up that year.
Last year, in what can only be described as booming surf, Jordy came in equal third, despite hooking into some of the most outrageous waves of the event. Jordy then went on to win the Billabong Pro J-Bay in atrocious conditions at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, defeating Mick Fanning in the process and making it the double.
Last year also saw the inaugural Red Bull Nightshift take place, in which Jordy and friends were towed into waves at Camps Bay at night. It was a resounding success, with an estimated 10,000 people coming down to watch the high-flying antics as the boys were flicked into waves by a jet-ski.
This year it is all happening again. We have the Red Bull Nightshift up first on 30 June at North Beach, under the floodlights from the piers. With a couple of new riders and a big after party organized with bands City Bowl Mizers and Shadowclub playing on the beach and a party at Joe Kools afterwards.
Mr Price Pro next up on the calendar (July 2 – 8), and the contest organizers are no doubt hoping for the epic surf that Ballito delivered last year. Jordy is always a stand-out at Ballito and wants another victory in front of the Durban crowd.
Then it’s back to Jeffreys bay for the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012, where Jordy is going for an unbelievable hat trick of wins. This year the event has been downgraded from a World Championship Tour event to an ASP 6 Star event, but it is still at Supertubes and a wealth of top surfing talent from the world over will be present at the event. All eyes will be on Jordy as he vies for his third win in a row. Let’s hope he does it.