Hall wins Pro Ballito final
Irish surfer Glenn Hall secured the biggest win of his career by defeating Nathaniel Curran at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito final at Willards Beach in South Africa.
The Australian-born Hall triumphed in solid one-and-a-half metre waves with single wave scores of 8.33 and 6.67 (both out of a possible 10).
“It’s the biggest win of my career by far,” the 30-year-old said. “I kinda felt like if you got the wave out there you could get the score and I was just praying for a wave at the end.
“Nathaniel is an amazing surfer and I was pumped to have a final against him. It was always going to be a tough heat but I’ve learnt never to be content with second and to always push for more until you’ve won.”
Hall’s victory, combined with a second-placed finish at the ASP Prime Lowers Pro at Trestles and a win at a 4-Star event in China, moves the Irishman from 27th to 16th in the world rankings.
“It’s still a long road ahead and I’m just going to keep trying and see where I end up,” Hall said. “I’m not doing JBay (6-Star) and I’m proud of my choice.
“I came here and put all eggs into one basket because if you are here to qualify, it’s about the Primes. That’s my focus so I’m taking it to the next event in America.”
Despite the disappointing final, Curran impressed throughout the week, producing a combination of airs, barrels and carves as he knocked big names such as Travis Logie and world number four Adriano de Souza.
“It still feels great to get a result,” the American said. “I’ve been struggling for a year-and-a-half so I’m stoked to make the final.
“It was an awesome contest, I’ve been coming here since I was 18 and the waves are always insane.”
MR PRICE PRO FINAL RESULT:
1 - Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.00
2 - Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.67
MR PRICE PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.10 def Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.00
Heat 2: Glenn Hall (IR) 14.67 def Nat Young (USA) 14.50
MR PRICE PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.60 def Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.83
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.33 def Brian Toth (PRT) 5.73
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.00 def Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IR) 10.44 def Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.90