Jordy Smith came out tops among the three South Africans who competed at the recent Billabong Pro Tahiti.
The 21-year old Durbanite ended up finishing in ninth place overall in the event which was won by American Bobby Martinez.
The two other South Africans which took part in this, the third of ten events on the 2009 ASP World Tour, were David Weare (also a Durbanite) and Greg Emslie from East London. Jordy ended up in ninth place after being defeated by Brazilian Adriano de Souza.
According to Global Surf News, the result sees Jordy slipping from No. 3 to No.6 on the ASP World Tour rankings (currently making him the only Saffa ranking in the top ten), still leaving him in a good position to challenge the 2009 World Title. David and Greg were both eliminated from the event in the first round.
CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10:
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3000 points
2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 2318 points
3 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 2208 points
4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 2196 points
5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 2174 points
6 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 2076 points
7 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 2025 points
8 – Tom Whitaker (AUS) 1932 points
9 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 1886 points
10 – Kieren Perrow (AUS) 1742 points
10 – Taylor Knox (USA) 1742 points
10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 1742 points
30 – David Weare (ZAF) 1045 points
35 – Greg Emslie (ZAF) 860 points