Jordy Smith receives perfect score in J-Bay heat

South African surfer Jordy Smith has carved his name in the history books after producing two perfect 10 wave rides in round three of the Corona Open J-Bay.

The two-time event winner (2010 and 2011) and current No. 3 posted a PERFECT 20 heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

This is only the 10th time the feat has been achieved in 40-plus years of professional surfing, the first time anyone has earned a Perfect 20 at J-Bay and the first ever perfect heat for Smith.


Despite a strong opening from Fioravanti, the hometown hero found the best waves of the heat to deliver two perfect rides.

First Smith laid down two huge turns and a deep barrel for 10 points followed quickly by a display of his incredible power surfing and two more barrels for another Perfect 10 to seal his victory and his place in the history books.

“It feels absolutely phenomenal,” said Smith. “Just be to here at J-Bay where the waves are firing and to have that opportunity is incredible. My first two heats were really slow and to get blessed with that was absolutely amazing.

“This heat I was just fortunate to get the bombs. I couldn’t believe it and I was really fortunate to get that. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get a Perfect 20 and to get it here at J-Bay makes it extra special.

“There’s more waves on offer so I definitely hope there’s more in the tank.”

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