South African star Jordy Smith hit a perfect 10 in pristine six-foot surf, with the 22-year-old back among friends and back to his very best at the 6.0 Lowers Pro in California.
With a mass of ratings points on offer at Lower Trestles this year, the Pro has attracted many of the world’s best surfers to combat the latest up-and-coming talent.
ASP World Tour number two Smith gave a masterful performance, blowing his rivals out of the water to secure an emphatic entry into the Round of 48, joining the likes of Adriano de Souza in the next stage after the Brazilian laid down an early marker on Wednesday.
Smith, 22, ripped through the final heat of the day on Thursday, seeing off Aritz Aranburu (EUK), Austin Ware (USA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA).
Blasting two massive aerials and wrapping up with a committed tail-blow on a single wave, Smith posted a perfect 10-point score. The flawless ride was tagged on to his previous high score to make the highest heat total of the entire event, an amazing 18.93 out of 20.
"I've just gone back to being myself." –Smith
"The waves have been absolutely pumping all day," Smith said. "Everyone has been getting pretty big scores today, so to get a 10, it's pretty overwhelming."
"I'm feeling good on tour this year," he added. "Mainly, I think I've just gone back to being myself. I've just been cruising and hanging out with friends a bunch. The first couple of years on tour, I kind of went from being a school kid to being alumni overnight and it was kind of tough dealing with that. I'm just trying to find my feet and it's all working out for me."
It’s also working out pretty well for Wiggolly Dantas. The Brazilian scored a combined 15.33 to defeat the Australian pair of Drew Courtney and Mick Campbell and Smith’s South African compatriot Rudy Palmboon.
Eric Geiselman, the older brother of Evan who is tearing up the competition in the Oakley Pro Junior, had to settle for second place in Heat 11. The 22-year-old, who finished runner-up to Dylan Graves (PRI), will be back again on Friday though, as the Round of 48 gets underway.
For additional ASP information, log on to www.aspworldtour.com.