Kw-logo-smaller

Jordy Smith Biography

Jordy Smith is a native of South Africa.
Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith is one of surfing's fastest rising stars.
Jordy Smith

Birthdate: February 11, 1988
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa


If you are looking for surfing's next superstar look no further than 21 year-old Jordy Smith. We got the down low on this South African star!


Rise to Fame

Growing up in South Africa, Jordy was introduced to the sport by his father, who was a former surfer. Jordy immediately fell in love with the sport and would practice for hours a day. When he wasn't on his board, he was studying tapes of his boyhood idol Kelly Slater - who shares the same birthday as Jordy.


Jordy's hard work paid off as he became one of the world's best up-and-coming surfers. His win at the 2003 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships Under-16 in his home turf of Durban put him in the worldwide spotlight. As an 18-year-old, he won the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing's Rookie of the Year award. Last year, Jordy won the 2007 ASP World Qualifying Series by a record margin.


Riding Style

Jordy has a very smooth and powerful style when he rides the waves. He surfs with an unbelievable amount of control, but also has some flair to him. His trademark is his aerial maneuvers he does at the halfway point of all his runs. He even invented a new surfing move called the Swiss Roll - which is where he grabs the board while in the air with both hands and does a 360 degree spin. Off the coast of Indonesia, he pulled what GrindTV is calling "the most high-performance maneuver ever executed on a wave". It's called a "rodeo flip," and it's pretty insane.


Did U Know?

  • Jordy Smith is 6'2" and weighs 180 pounds.
  • Jordy Smith's nickname is Superfreak.
  • Jordy Smith's 17-year-old sister, Casey, is South Africa's top ranked female junior surfer.
  • Jordy Smith's favorite movies are Napoleon Dynamite, Finding Nemo and Anchor Man.
  • Jordy Smith is sponsored by O'Neill.
  • Jordy Smith's favorite TV shows are Lost, Heroes and The Simpsons.
  • Jordy Smith turned down a big endorsement deal by Nike.
  • He's in his second year on the Association of Surfing Professionals tour.
  • Jordy Smith enjoys playing soccer and tennis in his free time.


  • Jordy Says...

    "Stay focused, if you've got a goal go do it, set it and do it. No drugs, alcohol, you know."


    Related Stories:

  • Carissa Moore Biography
  • Hang Ten With Surf Sister
  • Holly Beck Biography
  • More Action Sports Articles!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    Surfpoll

    Best Place To Surf? Vote!

    • The West Coast, in Tofino.
    • On the West Coast, in California.
    • The East Coast, in Maine.
    • Hawaii!

    related stories

    Sports in the forums

    wolfiecoldheart
    Oakland Raiders(:
    reply about 24 hours
    Anka95
    Messi
    reply 1 day
    cute gregory
    Messi.
    reply 1 day
    Nisya-
    Nisya- posted in Dance:
    Hip Hop: Tuesday - 2 hours. Thursday - 2 hours Traditional (Saman): Friday - 2 hours.
    reply 2 days
    Nisya-
    Nisya- posted in Dance:
    Hip Hop and Traditional
    reply 2 days

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...