Not since Shaun Tomson (or Martin Pottz, depending on who you ask), has South Africa had such a shining and tenacious World Title hopeful to entrust its dreams to. On February 2, 1988 a curly-haired boy named Jordan Smith entered the world with a hunger that'd never abate and a thirst that'd make him great.
Since Pops Graham had the Lost Surfboards license in SA, little Jordy watched Cali jibbers like Joe Crimo slide through his hometown and wondered as they threw down shrink-wraps: Why can't I do that? The young mind is an industrious thing and what monkey saw, monkey did. You might say that the strong tradition of power surfing in South Australia mixed with the skate-style surfing of Cali meshed to create a beautiful monster.
A few bar-raising video parts and world tour event wins down the track, you now have a man who's fitter and more focused that ever, poised to wrap his giant hands around the throat of the World Title cup. It ain't how or if, but when.
See Jordy live
ASP World Tour 2013 | Volcom Pro Fiji LIVE Day 1