KwaDukuza Mayor Cllr. Ricardo Mthembu has extended his words of congratulation and encouragement to Durban surfer, Jordy Smith, on winning the 2017 Ballito Pro competition, defeating powerful Brazilian Willian Cardoso in an effervescent final to add the 2017 event title to his previous victories.
Jordy, real name, Jordan Michael Smith, won both the 2010 and 2011 Ballito Pro competitions. He has also won 2014 and 2016 Hurley Pro at trestles California. In 2013, he won the Rio Pro in Brazil. All of these contests are part of the world championship tour. Smith grew up in Durban and started surfing at age 3. He also attended Glenwood High School.
"We congratulate Jordy for his remarkable achievement which has demonstrated the rich talent that exists within our country's surfing fraternity especially amongst our youth. Jordy's achievement augurs well for the development of our country's sports and recreation," said KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu.