Jordy Smith
Full name: Jordan Michael Smith
AKA: Jordy
Date of birth: 11 February 1988
Nationality: South African
Home town: Durban, South Africa
Height / weight: 1,90 m / 88 kg
Started surfing: 3 years old
Local spot: New Pier, South Africa
Stance: Regular
Favorite spot: J-Bay
Surfboard size: 6'2 ½" x 19 1/4" x 2 ½"
Favorite trick: Airs
Favorite event: J-Bay
Heroes: Michael Jordan

Jordy Smith is no stranger to the stress and pressure of competitions. Traveling the globe relentlessly and competing with the best surfers in the world is how he makes his living. What are Jordy's thoughts on the future of competitive surfing? What will it take to be a contender in the years to come?

Currently sitting in the top 10 of the World Surf League, Jordy continues to push the boundaries of the sport with his athletic approach to surfing. From creative aerials to slashing, powerful turns, Jordy remains one of the best competition and free surfers in the world.

As part of O’Neill’s recently dropped HYPERFREAK campaign, we catch-up with Jordy on the runway of Margaret River, Western Australia to get his vision on what’s next within this dynamic and constantly evolving sport.


When and how did you start doing your sport? I started surfing in Durban through my father who was very passionate about it and helped me getting where I am today.

How did you become a part of O’Neill? Somewhere in between winning contests and following my dream I came across O’Neill and signed with the brand.

What makes you unreasonable? Trying to do the biggest airs and the deepest barrels.

What has been a highlight in your career? Probably the time I won my first WCT event which was the one in Jeffreys Bay in 2010.

What are your plans for the future? Winning the World Title and keep pushing the limits.

Name 10 things you never travel without? Clothing, passport, surfboards, wax, boardies, laptop, phone, headphones, cap, wife.

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Getting up in the morning is one of my most exciting parts of the day. I want to be up before everyone because I know I’m going to get a head start. It gets me going and it makes me feel like I’m maximizing my time. I want to be the guy telling the people about the swell and not the other way around.

If we visited you at breakfast, what would you be eating? A healthy breakfast that gives me enough energy to surf the whole day and a coffee.

If you weren’t surfing, what would you do? I’d probably be shaping boards. While growing up I spent a huge amount of time watching my father in the shaping bay.

Any other sports you’re good at? I love all sports.

What music are you listening to? It depends on the mood I'm in.

What has been the scariest moment in your sport career? There have been many scary moments but probably the time I almost drowned in Tahiti.

What was your most embarrassing moment in your career/life? I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve done because you always learn something new with those kinds of experiences.

How does your training routine look like? Somedays I push hard others I relax... Balance .

Describe your perfect day? There is none... Cause if I had it every day I would be bored.

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