Championship Surfer Jordy Smith finishes in second place

JBay surfer Joshe Faulkner makes it to the quarterfinals.

Adin Masencamp won the 52nd edition of the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series 5,000 ahead of Jordy Smithin clean, offshore 4-5 foot surf.

Adin Masencamp of South Africa after winning the Finals of the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill on December 18, 2021 in Ballito, South Africa. (Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League).

This is Adin Masencamp’s biggest Qualifying Series event win and the 5,000 points will give him a massive boost for the 2021/2022 season.

“It feels amazing. I had a couple of clutch moments where I had to perform under pressure. I worked really hard on my mental strength, nutrition, my surfboards, everything before this event. So for it all to come together, it’s the biggest result of my life and especially against Jordy Smith. He is the best surfer to come out of South Africa and beating him was the cherry on top. All I wanted to do was showcase what I can do as a surfer, so I’m really stoked,” said Masencamp.

Adin Masencamp of South Africa surfing against Jordy Smith in the Finals of the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill on December 18, 2021 in Ballito, South Africa. (Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League).

With only three minutes left, Smith was left hunting the lineup for a 6.94. He found a wave in the dying seconds, but it wasn’t enough and he had to settle for second place.

Coming back from injury, Championship Tour (CT) surfer and previous event winner, Jordy Smith (Durban) was in a league of his own. Throughout the event, Smith’s variety in his maneuvers was the point of difference that saw him win every heat until the Finals.

“I had a few good waves, but I kind of struggled throughout the day to find the open face waves, but nevertheless I’m stoked to be back competing,” said Smith.

When asked about his readiness for the 2022 season, he said he’s not there just yet.

“I think I have another month or so left but I will be ready when it starts, that’s for sure,” said Smith.

Jordy Smith of South Africa surfing in Heat 1 of the Round of 16 at the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill on December 18, 2021 in Ballito, South Africa. (Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League).

WSL Wildcard Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was one of the standouts on the day in his first-ever QS 5,000 event. In his Quarterfinal clash, Faulkner left everything out there, but couldn’t match a clinical performance from Prestwich. Faulkner’s equal 5th place still gets him 2500 points on the 2021/2022 WSL Africa QS rankings.

Men’s Final Results
HEAT 1: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 15.94 DEF. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.37

Men’s Semifinal Results
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.50 DEF. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.44
HEAT 2: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 14.00 DEF. Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.84

Men’s Quarterfinal Results
HEAT 1:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.83 DEF. Jordy Maree (ZAF) 11.90
HEAT 2: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.50 DEF. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 13.30
HEAT 3: Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.16 DEF. Max Elkington (ZAF) 7.33
HEAT 4: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 13.66 DEF. Shane Sykes (ZAF) 13.16