Jordy shining in the Mr Price Pro

Today the swell maxed out between 10-15ft and strong winds and rips made conditions difficult for the competitors. Jordy Smith glided through a few monster barrels to take the win in his round today and has moved on to the quarter finals. The rest of the day was ‘loser rounds’ to see if anyone could make their way back into the fold of first prize competition. The Brazilians are still proving themselves as a strong force to be dealt with. More on that at Kai’s Blog.

Even Shaun Tomson reckoned that he’d much rather prefer the comfort of the commentating box than getting those bombs on the head. The surfers had jet-ski assistance to get to the line-up as it was near impossible to paddle out alone. That fits perfectly with my beachbum style (any takers?).

Day 4’s highlights

{update} – Jordy subsequently got knocked out in the quarters. The waves were a bit inconsistent, but check below for further highlights.

Day 5’s highlights

Final Day’s highlights

Results

Congratulations to Pat Guduaskus (from San Clemente, California, USA) for winning the Mr Price Pro event. He beat John John Florence (HAW) in the final and Jordy Smith came in third. Hopefully Jordy can build on the result and peak at the Billabong Pro and make us Saffa’s proud!

Unprecedented End to 2009 Mr Price Ballito Pro Women’s Champs

And the woman wave rider who wins the Mr Price Ballito Pro Women’s surfing championships for 2009 is… Well, no one.

Due to a gale-strength wild wind kicking up enormous waves and leading to several postponements, the event had to be called off before the women could complete all the heats. The result? For the first time in the event’s history, no female champion was crowned.

In the end, all the 24 competitors who had remained in the event were awarded a 19th place finish and were given an equal share of the prize money (which amounted to R7 900 each) as well as an equal amount of ratings points: 1 200.

East Londoner Roseanne Hodge, who was the top South African surfer in the event, told IOL News that she was disappointed by the event’s premature ending.

“The way things have gone has been a bit of a shake-up for everyone, I don’t think anyone’s really been in this situation before, where you make it through your heats and then it’s actually the end of your run.”

Talk about being literally blown out of the water!

Hopefully the guys – who are at it right now – will have better luck!