Willard’s Beach in South Africa hosted the crowning of ASP WCT competitor Julian Wilson (AUS) at the 2013 Mr. Price Pro Ballito. In an intense final heat with Durban’s Jordy Smith (ZAF), the 24-year-old Hurley and Red Bull team rider came out on top with an 18.93 to Smith’s 16.70.
Check out the heat highlights from the final day:
“I’m really happy to get the win,” said Wilson. “It’s my third time in Durban and I’ve gotten a good result each time. I really enjoy spending time here, it’s a great place with friendly people where I feel warm and comfortable. It definitely helps with my results.”
Wilson is known for making strong come-backs at the end of vital heats and he definitely lived up to his reputation by maneuvering his way out of a combination situation. After landing a shockingly critical alley oop aerial maneuver, Wilson collected a perfect 10 and topped it off with an 8.93 slob grab reverse to put him in the lead.
Words from the champ about competition in South Africa:
“Jordy put the pressure on me at the start but there were plenty of opportunities and I just had to flip the heat and put some scores on the board,” Wilson said. “That was the first time I’ve landed that air in a contest and I had to do something because I had my back against the wall. I’m stoked I could pull it off and come away with the win.”
Now $40,000 richer, Wilson has earned the spot as the second Australian to win the Mr. Pro Ballito since Chris Davidson (AUS) in 2008 and also the number one position on the ASP World Rankings.
Though Smith didn’t quite make it through the final, he managed to earn $20,000 after placing second by defeating Aritz Aranburu (EUK) in the quarterfinals and Stu Kennedy (AUS) in the semis.
“It was an honour to surf in the final against Julian, I’m just sorry I didn’t win it,” Smith said. “Julian stuck that air and it was amazing. I went on a trip to Reunion with him and he tried it a million times and didn’t make it and then he goes into the final and sticks it first time.”