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


Wednesday 19 April, 2017. Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia.

Jordy Smith has claimed his maiden victory at the storied Easter happening that is the World Surfing League's stop at Bells Beach. With his win, over first time finalist Caio Ibelli, Jordy claimed his sixth big league event title.

The finals day of the longest running annual surf contest in the world was blessed with pumping waves at the prime event site at Bells. Jordy powered through Round 4 beating former world champion Joel Parkinson and Wiggolly Dantas, then dispatched another world title holder in the form of Adriano de Souza in his quarter final.

The semis were a closer affair with Jordy just tipping the scales in his favour in a hard fought win over rookie Zeke Lau.

Come the final, the waves delivered long, rippable walls right through to the shorebreak and Caio Ibelli (Brazil) and Jordy put on a show for the packed beach. Jordy looked confident, sharp and ready to claim his sixth big league event win. Caio pushed him all the way but Jordy held the lead through the final and even fitted in a cheeky bell ringing claim after one of his three 9+ scoring rides.

Jordy is the first South African to ever take the Bells title, adding his name to an illustrious list of all time surfing legends with a bell in their trophy cabinet.

Jordy ends the Australian leg of the WSL World Tour sitting joint second in the WSL rankings. The tour now takes a few weeks off before recommencing on May 9 with the Oi Rio Pro, an event Jordy has won previously, so he’s sure to be looking forward to doing a double.

jordy bells beach collage

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.

Follow Jordy

Jordy's Favorites