Jordstar or Smitdog

Jordy Smith

I believe talent and hard work go hand-in-hand

Jordy Smith surfing in San Clemente
© Trevor Moran/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Jordy Smith. My discipline is surfing competition. My friends call me Jordstar or Smitdog. I was born on 11 March 1988 in Durban, South Africa. My special talent is singing, haha. My philosophy of life is why try to fit in when you were born to stand out. The most important person in my life is my beautiful girl, Lyndall. My favorite food is pizza and braai [that's BBQ to anyone outside of South Africa]. My favorite music is all types. It depends on where and what I'm doing.


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 root for. Jordan Smith entered the world on February 2, 1988. Since his father Graham had the Lost Surfboards license in South Africa, little Jordy watched Cali jibbers like Joe Crimo pass through his home town and wondered as they threw down shrink-wraps: "Why can't I do that?" And so he 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, and you now have a man who's fitter and more focused than ever, poised to wrap his giant hands around the throat of the World Title cup.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: MEO Rip Curl Pro

      Peniche Centre Region, Portugal

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: WSL Hurley Pro

      Trestles, California, USA

    2. 2nd Place: Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

      Bells Beach, Australia

  3. 2014
    1. 2nd Place: Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal

      Jordy won the Portuguese Wave Series at the same time

      Supertubos, Peniche, Portugal

    2. 1st Place: Hurley Pro

      San Clemente, California, USA

  4. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: AP WT Mr Price Pro Ballito

      Ballito, South Africa

    2. 1st Place: ASP WT Billabong Rio Pro

      Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    3. 3rd Place: WT Rip Curl Pro

      Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia