Check Out: Jordy Smith

Age: 18
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 171 lbs.
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Sponsors: Billabong, Kustom, Von Zipper, DaKine
At just eighteen, Jordy Smith shocked the surfing establishment-and rattled some WCT cages-when he took third at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay this July. Surfing fast, loose, and carefree, Smith took down Taylor Knox, Travis Logie, and Tim Reyes before losing to Taj Burrow in the semifinals by less than one point. As well, Jordy had one of the highest-scoring heats of the event when he blitzed by Reyes with eighteen points.
Contest results are one thing, but perhaps the biggest and most telling tag line on Jordy is his nickname, the “South African Slater”-a well-deserved and appropriate moniker. But don’t listen to me, watch the Billabong flick Passion Pop and witness Jordy’s section, which is full of big airs, smooth carves, and big hacks. Although he’s entrenched in the WQS right now, look for Jordy to join his brus from South Africa-David Weare, Greg Emslie, and Travis Logie-in the big leagues soon.