It was a non-surfing day for Jordy Smith on day two of the Mr Price Pro Ballito, so it was downtime and chilling for the defending champion. While Jordy cruised down to the sports shop, it was time for the international contingents to make their moves in the contestable conditions at Ballito.
Julian Wilson paddled out in his heat against Tim Boal, Stu Kennedy and Mitchel Coleburn. It went Wilson’s way with a 7.60 and a 6.47 ride, giving him a combined heat score of 14.07. Stu Kennedy was close behind and the other two were eliminated from the event.
“I watched some incredible heats this morning. There was some inspiring surfing and it was good to see so many South Africans go through.”
Portuguese surfer, Tiago Pires, was another standout on day two of the contest, beating Aritz Aranburu into second place while Klee Strachan and Dylan Graves were knocked out.
It was a day of mixed surf conditions, with the average morning surf forcing the contest organisers to postpone their start 'til later that morning. The surf forecast for the next few days looks promising, and there should be some solid surf later on in the week.
The waves are the best during the early morning offshores. Jordy Smith surfed in the afternoon on day one, when the barrels were long gone. “I knew conditions would change from the minute I arrived. Ballito seems to do that in the afternoon, so I was just glad to make my heat,” Smith said. “I watched some incredible heats this morning. There was some inspiring surfing and it was good to see so many South Africans go through.”
Still, Jordy has his eyes on the real prize, the Billabong Pro J-Bay. In an interview for Australian Stab Magazine’s daily website updates, Jordy chatted to the editor, describing the Mr Price Pro as "a quick little warm-up before J-Bay starts."
"I'm gonna do a few prime events this year, but only the ones that are on my home turf," said Jordy. "And possibly Hawaii, I guess. It's just so convenient...so why not? With the one-world ranking, it's more important to do the prime events now, and there are more dream tour guys that are doing them. For the guys that aren't doing too great in the first half of the year, I think it's important to do primes, to try and keep their seed up."
For more information and updates on the Mr Price Pro Ballito, check out the official webcast here.