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Travis ousts ASP World No. 1 and Jordy top scores in Round 3 of Billabong Pro Santa Catarina

April 29th, 2010

Pictured: Jordy Smith’s high-flying aerial manoeuvres earned the Durbanite the highest scores of the day at the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina on Wednesday. Photo: ASP / Kirstin

PRAIA DA VILA, Santa Catarina/Brazil (Thursday, April 29, 2010) – South Africans Travis Logie and Jordy Smith provided the fireworks in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina in Brazil yesterday with Logie ousting current ASP World Title rankings leader from the event and Smith posting both the highest heat and single ride scores.

Competing in inconsistent 1 to 1.3 metre waves and light onshore winds, Logie caused the upset of the day, the event and arguably the year to date when he handed the in-form to Taj Burrow (AUS), his first defeat before the semifinals in any event since The Search in Portugal in October last year.

Burrow has reached the final in four of his last five events, winning three of them to go with a semifinal in his last outing. The two-time champion in Brazil seemingly held all the aces after establishing a solid lead in the final minutes of the yesterday’s encounter which left Logie needing 7.28 points to grab victory.

But the Durbanite was undaunted despite having to requalify via a gruelling campaign on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) last year and being ranked No. 39 going into this event after successive 33rd place finishes in first two events of the year. Desperate for points to avoid being cut from the World Title race when the field is reduced from 45 to 32 plus two wildcards after the fifth event in September, he produced a fairytale finish to the heat.

Paddling into a left-breaking set wave with four minutes remaining, the lightening fast goofy-foot delivered two massive lip-bashes on the outside before effortlessly transitioning into a dynamic 180 degree cutback in the top quarter of the wave, followed by a sweeping roundhouse cutback and ended the ride with a solid close-out re-entry that he rode out of cleanly.

Fulfilling the judging criteria of power, flow, commitment and control along with variety of manoeuvres, Logie was awarded 7.83 points and progressed to Round 4 with Burrow’s 17th place elimination opening up the 2010 World Title race for his rivals.

However, Logie’s run in the event ended less than six hours later, in the last heat of the day, when he could not reproduce a similar performance against 2001 ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA) in an all goofy-foot clash in Round 4. Logie placed equal 9th overall, earning US $8 000 (approx. R60 000) and 3 750 invaluable ranking points, nearly four times the total he had accumulated from the previous two events combined (1 000).

Meanwhile fellow Durbanite Jordy Smith, ranked ASP No. 3 after runner-up and fifth place results in the opening two events on the Dream Tour, continued to justify his elevation to a genuine ASP World Champion contender by providing a phenomenal display of high-performance contest surfing in his Round 3 demolition of Ben Dunn (AUS).

Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost exponents of progressive surfing, the 22 year-old has displayed a new-found maturity to his contest strategy in his third term at the highest level. Yesterday he waited patiently for 14 of the 30 minutes for a wave with scoring potential before unleashing his repertoire of futuristic manoeuvres.

With a 6.50 and the heat lead, Smith immediately upped the pressure on his opponent by jumping off the jetski that ferried him back into the line-up and caught a small wave that extended his dominance and left Dunn needing 6.60. While the Ozzie answered back with a 4.78 and a 5.0 that briefly saw him take the lead with seven minutes remaining, Smith was on the very next wave and a ride punctuated with vertical top-to-bottom turns and slashing cutbacks netted an excellent 8.17.

And two minutes later Smith sent Dunn into combo-land and out of reach of claiming the heat with a single ride when he posted the top score of the day’s proceedings. Starting out with a cutback to foam rebound combination that would have dislodged any but the most sure-footed of surfers, Smith gathered speed and executed a high-flying close out air-reverse, with the tail of his surfboard rotating higher than his head, that he exited in control and the judges rewarded with an 8.83.

Smith will be up against team mate and travelling companion Roy Powers (HAW) in Round 4 for the second successive event and, given a repeat of his victory at Winkipop last time out, is seeded to meet Kelly Slater, who he defeated for the first time at Snapper Rocks in the opening event of the year, in the quarters.

The ASP’s new guard roared back into contention in Brazil yesterday after the established top seeds had decimated their ranks in Round 2 on Sunday. Rookie Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, overcame both Damien Hobgood (USA) and Luke Munro (AUS) to set up a quarterfinal encounter against second year campaigner Michel Bourez (PYF), 24, who himself upset perennial campaigners Kieren Perrow and Joel Parkinson, both Australians.

Dane Reynolds will take on Logie’s conqueror CJ Hobgood in an all-American second quarter while highly-touted rookie Owen Wright dispatched ASP top-5 fixture and fellow Australian Bede Durbidge to reach Round 4 for the first time, where he meets Jeremy Flores (FRA), the victor over Fred Pattachia (HAW) in Round 3.

Burrow’s 17th place finish opens the door for Slater, the defending event champion and current ASP No. 2, to make up some ground in his bid for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title. And reigning ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning (AUS), who is in the same half of the draw as Slater, will also be eyeing a big haul of points to elevate his ranking higher than his current No. 5 berth.

All the action at the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina can be watched Live via webcast at http://www.aspworldtour.com/santacatarina where a breakthough development now enables viewers to watch individual rides from previous rounds in the ‘Video On Demand’ section.

The event has a waiting period that runs until Sunday May 2 in which to select the premier conditions in which crown the 2010 champion.

The balance of the Round 4 heats have just got underway at Praia Vila beach and Jordy Smith’s heat with Roy Powers will start at approximately 2pm today (SA time).

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Luke Munro (AUS) 13.04 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 10.84
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.26 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.23
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.50 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.17
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.77 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.17
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.73 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 5.20
Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.66 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 10.00
Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.83 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.33
Heat 8: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.00
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.50 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 11.04
Heat 10: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.00 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.73
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.77 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.27
Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.50 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 7.83
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.60 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 6.83
Heat 14: Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.37 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.17
Heat 15: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.00 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 9.83
Heat 16: Roy Powers (HAW) 14.17 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.66

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.83 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 10.83
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.50. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.43
Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.16 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.67
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.84 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.80

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO REMAINING ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

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