Current ASP World Tour No 1 Jordy Smith suffered a shock exit in the third round of the Billabong Pro Tahiti while Adriano de Souza made it through to round four.
Jordy Smith’s defeat was the shock of the day as he crashed out to local wildcard Manoa Drollet – the 29-year-old Tahitian making good use of his knowledge of the break to pick off the better set of waves. Despite the loss, Smith remained gracious as he began to concentrate on the next tour stop in California, USA.
“It was pretty tough out there,” Smith said. “Wave-starved a bit and difficult to find the right one. I got an average one in the beginning and then cut my hand on the reef. Some heats go like that. You live and learn, and I’m looking forward to the next one at Trestles [the Hurley Pro].”
Meanwhile it was a better day in Tahiti for Brazilian Adriano de Souza. The current world No 5 saw off Joan Duru, scoring 13.10 points to the Frenchman’s 11.00 to book his place in the next round.
I got an average one in the beginning and then cut my hand on the reef. Some heats go like that.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti is the fifth event of 10 on the ASP World Tour, and as such is the last event before the dreaded cut which cuts the field down from 45 surfers to 32 plus two wildcards. 12 of the 13 surfers set to be relegated to the PRIME and Star events were today confirmed.
The 12 decided throughout Rounds 2 and 3 of competition:
Drew Courtney (AUS), 31
Neco Padaratz (BRA), 34
Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 22
Mick Campbell (AUS), 34
Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33
Tom Whitaker (AUS), 30
Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 25
Blake Thornton (AUS), 25
Dean Morrison (AUS), 29
Jay Thompson (AUS), 28
Nate Yeomans (USA), 29
Ben Dunn (AUS), 24