You get great results, and then you get career-defining moments. For Adin Masencamp, was the latter.
"It feels amazing. I had a couple of clutch moments leading up to the final 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 means so much."
Adin knew he had to work hard to defeat Jordy. So he got to work and posted an excellent 8.17 as his opening ride. He was leading the final, until Jordy came out flying for a massive, clean air reverse to bank a 9.00 as if it's the easiest thing in the world. Suddenly the energy shifted, and soon the guys were moving more to the left of the bank in search of waves with bigger sections.
Adin took off on a big one far down the beach. It was now or never and the youngster from Cape Town whacked out one, two massive turns in the lip. Somehow, he stuck it. The crowd roared.
With only three minutes left, Jordy was hunting down a 6.94. He found a wave in the dying seconds, the siren sounded, and everyone was clenching their jaws waiting for the scores to drop.
It wasn't enough. Adin wins, Jordy doesn't.
"This is the biggest result of my life, 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.
He had to work hard to get to the final, after an exhilarating semifinal against Eli Beukes, who put everything on the line. Eli ripped his opening ride to pieces for an excellent score to up the ante. However, it was Adin's competitive experience that gave him the edge, and he didn't allow his nerves get the better of him. Eli tried desperately to land some impressive airs, but couldn't complete his rides.
Jordy's surfing stood out above the rest with his power and variety of maneuvers, but when it came down to the final, Adin was foaming at the mouth for this win and his determination and commitment to clinch the title was enough to bring anyone to tears. This guy wants it badly, and we're here for it.