SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Friday, July 23, 2010) – For students of history, you may recall the worldwide hype machine that started grinding in 2008, when rookies Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith ascended to the elite ASP World Tour. For Jordy, the young South African went from the frying pan to the fryer awfully quick: 2006 ASP World Junior Champion, 2007 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 1, 2008 ASP World Tour rookie. The tension was palpable in that first season on tour and Smith barely requalified. Now, sitting at ASP World No. 1 following a historic victory at last week’s Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Smith is realizing his full potential, and STAB sat down with him to discuss his progression. This…is their story…
Stab: Why was it this year that you won J-Bay as opposed to a year ago or a further two years down the track?
I really don’t know. They say when the stars align they really do. I don’t know if it was my whole approach. Things don’t faze me as much as they used to. And just having a good crew of friends around. I also had a nightmare with boards [in the past]. And taking control of the things I can control and not worrying about everything else.
Is being self-disciplined one of the hardest things for a young pro surfer?
It is tough you know. Being 22 I’ve still got my whole life ahead. I want to be the best I can be but there is a time for play and a time for work.
Have you got a weekly routine for partying and work?
No real routine, it’s whatever I’m…
For full interview, check out STAB Mag’s ‘The Burden of Expectation’
For more on JORDY SMITH, check out his ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE