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Smith opened at J-Bay by defeating wildcard Sean Holmes and Adam Melling in round one, and then dispatched close friend and fellow Durbanite, Travis Logie, in round three. From there, Smith eliminated 2010 semi-finalist Bede Durbidge, Florida's Damien Hobgood, and Australian Adrian Buchan as he charged through to the final where he faced two-time World Champion Mick Fanning.
Despite world-class surfing conditions at Jeffreys Bay for the fourth and fifth rounds, the final day delivered tricky conditions, courtesy of a strong onshore wind. The final started with a bang, both Fanning and Smith found quality rides within the first few minutes. Fanning was awarded an 8.0, but the Australian's lead was short lived as Smith quickly answered with an 8.6. Fanning was patient to counter, sitting for over 17 minutes before catching his next wave to post a 6.83. Once again, Fanning's score was to be outdone and Smith grabbed the lead for good with a 7.0 score for his second counting.
Jordy defended his title, and now the question is, can Jordy be the next king of surfing?
photo courtesy of www.billabongpro.com and score recap www.oneill.com