Shea's Take On The Final Day

How the headline would’ve read in 2009: Congratulations Bede Durbidge J-Bay Pro Champion! But it’s 2010 and the ASP has changed the judging criteria. They now have deemed every heat to be an airshow. Apologies to Bede for my error. But what I witnessed was Bede catching proper J-Bay walls and tearing them to pieces. And from Jordy–well, he surfed a great heat if he was surfing one-foot beachbreak.

Is there really a comparison though? I don’t think so. There is more to surfing than aerials, and the waves Bede surfed didn’t even offer the opportunity to perform above the lip, as a proper J-Bay wave will give you. Take note of this result–riding smaller waves that allow you to perform aerials easier can and will score you above your wildest dreams.

Congratulations Jordy Smith! You are the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay Champion! Jordy was by far the best surfer of the event. Taj had moments, but every wave Jordy caught was surfed to its maximum and well above its potential. Taj was noticeably surfing beyond himself, and was making mistakes–most regrettably on his last wave in the semi-final. With a clean finish to that wave, he stood a good chance of receiving the score required to win the heat. Plain and simple the best surfer won. His questionable semi-final heat win was actually a testament to his mastery of the system that perfectly goes hand-in-hand with his freakish ability to perform. With Jordy’s first WT (World Tour) victory and now leading the WT rankings, it’s official–Jordy Smith has learned how to win on a WT level with a planned, precise, and deadly attack. It’s ok to be scared now Kelly. Jordy wants a world title of his own and is doing the dirty work to achieve it. Now if Dane would get his hands dirty as well, Kelly would have reason to be afraid–very afraid actually.

Hope you enjoyed the 4th and final day or night of WT action. I know I did. Especially seeing Adam Melling crush heat after heat all the way to the finals. With the form he is capable of, it would’ve been a shame to see him get the boot after Teahupoo. As it stands now, we will be able to witness his committed hyper-speed surfing for the remainder of the season.

Goodnight or good morning and see you all next at Teahupoo–now I’m going to work on getting back on a normal sleeping schedule.