Our leading surfer, Jordy Smith, has blasted his way into the No1 spot on the ASP World Rankings after the Prime Vans US Open of Surfing tournament at Huntington Beach, California.
Smith ended equal fifth as Brazil’s Alejo Muniz won in inconsistent 0.5 to one-metre waves.
The 25-year-old Durban surfer was defeated by Matt Banting (AUS), 18, in their wave-starved quarter-final clash earlier in the day. But his haul of 3┬á320 points saw him leapfrog Julian Wilson (AUS)┬á into top spot.
The Vans US Open of Surfing was the fourth of eight ASP Prime events on the 2013 calendar, offering crucial points towards surfers’ ASP World Ranking and a coveted US$100,000 first place prize purse.
Banting’s result launches him from 92 to 41 on the men’s ASP World Ranking.
ÔÇ£I’ve dreamt of that heat against Jordy (Smith) my whole life and to surf against him and to beat him, I’m so happy,ÔÇØ Banting said following his quarter-final victory.
ÔÇ£I was just wishing that no waves would come and to just better that 3.77 on my final wave. I’m just frothing. I’m not trying to qualify just yet. I’m taking it heat-by-heat and to beat Jordy, anything after that would have been a bonus.ÔÇØ