Durban?s Jordy is hungry for a win
SOUTH Africa's Jordy Smith will be out to redeem himself in this week's Billabong Pro Teens (finishing on February 14) after a first round loss in the previous pro junior, the Brothers Neilsen last month.
The Under-16 National junior champion, from the Bay of Plenty, in Durban, was at his dominant best during the HIC grommets in early January - where he bagged both the Under-19 and Under-17 finals posting a couple of 10s at Duranbah.
Sadly Smith failed to continue that impressive form into the third pro junior on the ASP Australasia pro junior circuit. Smith was beaten by Spain's Aritz Aranburu and fellow South African Brandon Roberts in shocking surf at "Hoax reef", at Narrowneck.
Organisers are hoping that Burleigh Point will turn it on for the record field which includes 61 internationals pro junior surfers.
Last year's Billabong pro teens winner and world junior champion - Adriano De Souza, of Brazil, who was surprisingly beaten in the semi-finals of the Brothers Neislen, will not be defending his title and is back in Brazil for the five-star WQS Hang Loose Pro.
Since the sand-pumping has been put on hold at South Tweed and Point Danger, Burleigh Point's sand bars have been building up with the natural south to north longshore sand drifting.
The 'Point' was pumping out classic Burleigh barrels in the last week's six-day swell.
"Burleigh was good last week," said the 16-year old six-foot quietly spoken South African with the potential of being the next Shaun Thomson (South Africa's 1977 World Champion).
"Definitely the best waves I have had in Australia on this trip and I'm hoping it will be like that when I surf my heats!"
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WHETHER Jordy will get his surf wish is in the lap of Wave God Huey.
The forecast is for extremely hot and dry northerly winds until Thursday with a southerly change for Friday and south easterly winds into the weekend.
Big high tides in the morning could be favourable for the Burleigh Rock break as long as there is swell.
The long term prospects could be good for Monday's finals with the possibility of ex-TC Harvey re-forming into a tropical low pressure off the East Coast by the start of next week.
Should Jordy Smith, a Billabong sponsored team rider "go to town" on the Billabong Pro Teens and advance into the second round he will meet number one seed Ben Dunn, of Old Bar, NSW, and local Coolangatta wildcard Nick "Vasa" Vasicek.
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THE Billabong Pro junior history is full of past champions like Jake Paterson, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Damon Harvey to rattle off just a few of the epic junior battles.
The one, for me, that was the most memorable was in 2000 when local hero Dave "Rasta" Rastovich had a tube-riding duel with Joel Parkinson at Burleigh Point.
The waves pumped for the Sunday final and a huge crowd congregated on the famous headland to watch the epic battle between the Billabong 'Boys' Parko and Rasta.
Just when it looked like Joel had it all wrapped up, Rasta dup deep to pull into an unmakeable Burleigh Barrel and with escape skills that would have made Harry Houdini proud, snuck out from under the curtain to the roar from the locals, Rasta claimed his first and last pro junior win.
Want to win stuff?
THANKS to Billabong, we have a handful of Billabong Pro-Teen packs to give away by simply writing in on a stamped envelope with name and address to the Daily News/Gold Coast Mail at PO Box 6336, Tweed Heads South, NSW 2486.
Entries close Friday.
The winners will be published next week.