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Jordy Smith reaches quarter-finals at Volcom Fiji Pro in Cloudbreak perfection

June 11th, 2013
Jordy Smith deep inside a Cloudbreak tube on his way to the quarter-finals of the Volcom Fiji Pro  Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith deep inside a Cloudbreak tube on his way to the quarter-finals of the Volcom Fiji Pro Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Cloudbreak, Tavarua/Fiji (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith reached the quarter-finals as the world’s best surfers returned to action today at the Volcom Fiji Pro, completing Rounds 3, 4 and 5 in perfect six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) surf at Cloudbreak.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Volcom Fiji Pro was treated to a full day of world class ripping, setting up a possible finish for tomorrow.

Smith, 25, the current ASP World No. 1, placed third in his three-man Round 4 heat earlier today but then got the best of a hard-fought heat against barrel-riding standout Jeremy Flores (FRA), 24 in Round 5. After a series of excellent exchanges and with Smith holding the lead and priority, Flores took off on a last second wave, but Smith shut down Flores’ chances of exiting the barrel to earn his quarter-final berth.

“That was an important heat for me,” Smith said. “Any ‘CT heat is important, but getting through Round 5 is especially important to make it to the quarters. It’s too bad because Jeremy (Flores) is a good friend of mine and you hate to be that guy. I shouldn’t have gone on that wave at the end. I’m stoked though, I’ve never made it through to the quarters in the South Pacific leg.”

Smith overtook rankings leader Adriano de Souza to head the ASP WCT leaderboard when the Brazilian was eliminated from the event in Round 2 and Smith progressed to Round 3. The South African will be hoping to get past Hawaiian phenom John John Florence, 20, in their quarter-final match-up to solidify his No. 1 position in the rankings.

Kelly Slater (USA), 41, current ASP World No. 4 and defending Volcom Fiji Pro Champion, was incredible while advancing to the quarterfinals over Flores and Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, in Round 4, earning a perfect 10 and a 9.30 for a near-perfect 19.30 out of a possible 20. Slater’s perfect score was earned with a massive double-barrel, which saw the 11-time ASP World Champion drive through two deep tube sections covering the distance of the reef.

“That was unbelievable,” Slater said. “Those were some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a contest. On the 10, I was deep in the barrel and grabbed my rail, but I had to let go to get speed and then I hit the foam ball, I barely made that one. I did the turn and got another tube.”

Florence, who posted a perfect 10 at Restaurants in Round 2, was flawless again at Cloudbreak, collecting his second perfect score with a series of seamless backhand turns followed by a deep barrel. Florence’s effort saw him advance directly to the quarterfinals over rankings leader Smith and veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, in their Round 4 clash.

“I didn’t know what the score was going to be because it was a bit of a smaller wave,” Florence said. “I did a couple of turns and then had the long running barrel on the inside and I was stoked to make it. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going out having fun and I’m going to try and do the same thing in the next round.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion and current No. 8, was impeccable in the open-ocean lineup of Cloudbreak, and moved directly from Round 4 into the quarters, as did 2001 ASP World Champion and Cloudbreak standout C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33.

Hobgood defeated South Africa’s Travis Logie, 34, in a Round 3 clash that saw the Durbanite pull into a deep tube that he could not exit, bouncing him onto the shallow coral reef, banging his head and scraping plenty of skin off his feet, side and arm. After a quick inspection from his water caddy, Logie resumed his position in the line-up but was unable to overtake Hobgood’s score and was eliminated in equal 13th place overall.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am local time (8.30 pm tonight SA Time) for a possible finish to Volcom Fiji Pro competition.

When Volcom Fiji Pro competition resumes John John Florence will face off against Jordy Smith in Quarterfinal No. 1. Watch the Volcom Fiji Pro LIVE via www.volcomfijipro.com

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.50
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.73
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.87 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.03
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.66 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 5.67
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.87
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.76 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 6.13
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.00
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) 15.67 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.93
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.20 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.40

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.43, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.30, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.16, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.30
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.07, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.83, Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.77
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.14, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.07, Nat Young (USA) 8.07

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.43
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.97 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.23
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.76 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.83
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.53 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.34

UPCOMING VOLCOM FIJI PRO QUARTER-FINAL MATCH UPS:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)

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