SA’s Adin Masencamp defeats Jordy Smith in Ballito Pro title


South African surfer Adin Masencamp (WSL)

Pierre Tostee / World Surfing League

South African Adin Masencamp defeated renowned surfer Jordy Smith in the 5,000 Final of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) at the 52nd Ballito Pro at Willard Beach.

In an offshore surf of 4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters), Masencamp scored his biggest win in the QS event and, as a result, gave himself a significant boost for the season. 2021/2022.

“It’s amazing. I had a few clutch moments where I had to perform under pressure. I worked really hard on my mental strength, my nutrition, my surfboards, everything before this event,” said Masencamp said.

Masencamp set the tone for the final in his first lap with an excellent 8.17. Smith, who did not compete in the Tokyo Olympics in South Africa, responded amid the heat with a crowd-pleasing antenna to crush a 9.00.

Fighting for another wave that would secure the win, Masencamp managed to score a 7.77 with two powerful turns to go with his first wave score.

Returning from injury and well above the rest throughout the day, South Africa’s top Smith needed 6.94 to win the championship in the dying moments. Smith found one final wave, but it wasn’t enough to take the top spot.

Masencamp won the final with a score of 15.94 and beat Smith, who scored a commendable 15.37.

“To make it all go, this is the biggest result of my life and especially against Jordy Smith. He’s the best surfer in South Africa and beating him was the icing on the cake. All I wanted, it was showing what I can do as a surfer so I’m really happy, ”said Masencamp.

Although he couldn’t get the WSL QS 5000 victory, Smith looked contemptuous with 2nd place and was happy to be back competitively surfing.

“I had a few good waves, but struggled throughout the day to find open-face waves, but nonetheless, I’m delighted to be back in competition,” said Smith.

Asked about his preparation for the New Year, Smith confirmed that there is still a bit to be done before he is back to his best.

“I think I have about a month left, but I’ll be ready when it starts for sure,” Smith said.

Men’s final results

Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 15.94 DEF Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.37

Men’s semi-final

Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.50 DEF Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.44

Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 14.00 DEF. Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.84

Men’s quarter-final

Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.83 DEF Jordy Marée (ZAF) 11.90

Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.50 DEF. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 1:30 p.m.

Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.16 DEF Max Elkington (ZAF) 7.33

Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 13.66 DEF Shane Sykes (ZAF) 13.16


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