The Mr. Price Pro Ballito came to an exciting, nail biting conclusion at Willard Beach in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012. Due to a cold front rolling through the area, the waves were excellent and the surfing action was sublime. Here's a quick rundown on the results:
The highest surf heat score of the quarterfinals went to Brazilian Adriano De Souza during his Heat 2 match-up against Puerto Rico's Brian Toth. De Souza delivered a blistering performance that left him with a total of 17.33 points to Toth's modest score of 5.73.
The 2nd and 3rd highest surf heat scores of the quarterfinals occurred in Heat 3. During the surf heat, American Nat Young faced off against South African Jordy Smith. Young finished with 15 points and Smith finished with 12 points.
The semifinals also marked the end of Brazilian powerhouse Adriano De Souza's winning streak. He ultimately fell to the surfing prowess of American Nathaniel Curran in Heat 1. It was a fairly close finish though. Curran finished the surf heat with 12.10 points. De Souza completed the surf heat with 11 points.
The final surf heat was between Glenn Hall and Nathaniel Curran. Curran opened up the surf heat by launching into a 7.50 point ride that featured a sweet bottom turn and a solid crack off the top. He backed it up with an inside snap off the top and a power hack that earned him an additional 6.17 points. If you ask me, he displayed a lot of speed, power and flow in his runs. Curran finished the surf heat with 13.67 points.
Glenn Hall opened up with a huge right hand power gouge into the pocket and a big jamming re-entry that garnered him 4.83 points. He followed it up by catching an 8.33 point ride that involved a serious whack off the top, a variety of turns and a stellar bottom hook. I also appreciated his later backside roundhouse into the pocket although it only earned a score of 2.17 points from the judges.
For me, the most exciting moment of the surf heat was the buzzer beater finish. With just 45 seconds left on the clock, Curran was in the lead. Then Hall launched into a gorgeous wave. He managed to unleash a trio of sweeping turns before it was all over. That last wave garnered Hall 6.67 points. It was enough to push Curran out of the lead and leave Hall victorious. Hall completed the final with 15 points. I was very happy for him. He surfed really well throughout the entire competition and it was nice to see him win.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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