Mon, 29 April 2019

Are the judges seeing Jordy Smith's waves properly? Here's two videos of the semi and interview with Jordy after losing to John John Florence plus disgruntled fan comments. You decide.

Some people are a bit miffed about the way Jordy Smith's semifinal was scored against John John Florence. Part of the argument is that Jordy's rail-to-rail game is a lot more explosive than the judges give him credit for, an age-old gripe. Watch the videos. Read the fan comments. What do you think?

"Couldn't believe that 9.43. Criminally overscored. The outside moves were all on semi-flat sections, nowhere near the faces that Jordy put his moves down on. 9.43? When I first saw it I didn't think it would clear 8.5. One judge gave it a 9.7 which just totally ruins the scale of scoring they've been using throughout. Jordy has pretty much looked unstoppable in the event and it's a shame it ended like this on a controversial score?" - Bo J.

"I think they took into account the size?" - Jordan Hull

"I dont completley agree with 9.43, but jjf wave was massive compared to jm one?" - Santi Maz

"I kind of agree that 9.43 was slightly overscored, although the wave was massive and that first turn was beyond perfect. Point is, JJ won by more than 1.50 on the overall score, and that wave was definitely 9 or above, which would have secured the victory anyway?" - Alessandro Vasta

"@Alessandro Vasta The wave size should not be a factor - wave selection is important. Jordy let John get all those big wide ones cos they pushed off the reef and got fat offering no steep sections on the outside. And then yeah John put 1 layback jam in safe and early to ensure he made it out that closeout. The final section wasn't even that much bigger than on Jordy's, wish the camera didn't zoom right in for Jord's?" - Dillon Hamill

"I’m really struggling with the way they scored this heat. Both surfed incredibly well but I just think that overall Jordy had the best of the heat?" - John Wilkinson

"I’m a huge fan of JJF yet so are the commentators & judges?" - Tim Petersen

"Noooit! Bru... JJF's got some big chinas in the judging and commentary boxes... Jordy does 2 sick power carves and an inside move, JJF does one super sick carve, some weak wiggles and an inside move- and gets like a million gazillion more points... Maybe you had to be there, maybe that wave was waaay bigger and better... I dunno...Maybe we're all JJF Fanboys, I am, but maybe the game is a little rigged?... I dunno, the wind just shifted and I got the wiff of week old snoek...? - Johann Bauermeister



john t dancaster
0 #5 mrjohn t dancaster 2019-05-03 15:25
What concerned me in this heat was that Jon Jon was not fluid. He caught his rail from time to time. What he did - he did extremely well - but I believe the judges need to look at the good and the bad. Jon Jon was scored nearly a point to high in most people books - this worries me for the future.
As for Jordy all we want this year is a fair deal. South Africans understand that it may be better for surfing that a nation with a lot of surfers wins the tour - purely from a financial point of view and this is what we are worried about. South Africa is a small nation in the world of sports and just as we have recently been dealt a low blow with Caster Semenya to appease the majority - could Jordy be in a similar postition? So I am not asking anything special for Jordy - just a fair deal.
Pierre de Jong
0 #4 PDJPierre de Jong 2019-04-30 15:46
Makes you wonder how the judges get their scores. All it takes is one blink away not to see the complete ride.Maybe it’s time for instant replay. Many fans are disgusted with some of the judging and why watch if it’s not consistent.
0 #3 Judging JordySvens 2019-04-30 13:15
Love Johann Bauermeister comments and so true. I totally believe let the best man win. JJF ripped but he was getting ridiculous scores throughout the entire event. He has this off the top go into a layback thing. It's basically just an off the top with a little twist but judges are scoring it like a triple 360 air reverse. You think he is surfing in a totally different league to everyone else and that is utter bull*&^#*+*!!!

The real final was Jordy and JJF and it was tight. Jordy is surfing really well and super consistent and without analysing each wave/move should have won. Totally agree that just because a wave is a bit bigger the guy get's a higher score despite doing lame, easy, boring turns.

I just hope the entire year won't be based on JJF off the top/layback little twist. Anyone that can really surf knows it looks nice, with some spray but it's a pretty standard move and the judges of all people should know that. I would be seriously livid if JJF won the world title based on that 1 move!!!!!!!!!!!
0 #2 Mrmorton 2019-04-30 09:49
Used to be a judge many years ago. JJ won only on size, Jordy had more radical moves. If Jordy would have got the last wave he might have pipped it.
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