Surfing

Jordy Smith

"I’m pretty friendly, easy-going and happiest when I’m healthy, and with my wife, family and friends."

Facts & Stats

  • Date of birth
    March 11, 1988
  • Birthplace
    Durban, South Africa
  • Nationality
    South Africa
    South Africa
  • Career start
    2009
  • Discipline
    • Surfing

Biography

The powerful regular-footer from Durban is a regular winner on the World Surf League Championship Tour.

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.

Born on February 2, 1988, Jordy Smith was first introduced to surfing through his father Graham who had the Lost Surfboards licence in South Africa. Watching Cali jibbers like Joe Crimo pass through his hometown, Jordy 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 two-time runner up to the world title (in 2010 and 2016), Jordy was plagued with injuries for close to five years but when fully fit is a regular winner on the tour. He had three top five finished in 2017 and 2019, while in 2019 he was selected to represent South Africa at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Now, with plenty of bar-raising video parts and plenty of World Tour event wins, Jordy is fitter and more focused than ever.