Smith flies highest at Ballito last eight decided
Some inspired aerial displays were produced at the Mr Price Pro Ballito as eight men progressed into the quarter-finals in South Africa.
Durban native Jordy Smith gave the fervent home crowd reason to cheer right at the start of the round. Logie took an average wave for his first attempt and executed a full air rotation, which earned him a near perfect 9.00. Unsurprisingly, that was the highest individual score of the day, and easily saw him past USA's Nate Yeomans.
Top seed and another Brazilian Adriano De Souza was also on winning form, seeing off defending champion Patrick Gudauskas.
“It was a really fun heat, conditions were smaller than yesterday but luckily I got that nine under my belt and backed it up with a five to win the heat,” Smith said. “Unfortunately Nate didn’t find anything substantial out there but I’m really glad myself and fellow local boy Travis went through.”
Another home favourite from the city half an hour down the road, Travis Logie came through a tough heat against a former ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) opponent, Australia's Nathan Hedge, winning through 12.20 to 7.33.
“It was really cool to be out there with Hedgy, we’ve been on tour for so long together that it was like a blast from the past heat,” Logie said. “Conditions are super challenging out there, it was going to come down to wave selection and not making any mistakes. I knew I needed to do one or two big turns on wave and I stuck to that game plan and it paid off.”
Nathaniel Curran won the closest duel of the day, just prevailing 8.53 to 8.33 over Tomas Hermes of Brazil while another American, Nat Young, eliminated Alex Ribeiro thanks to a sensational aerial move which scored him a year's best 8.93.
Elsewhere, former ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone beat Alejo Muniz, Brian Toth defeated Torrey Meister and Glen Hall moved past Jay Quinn.