SYDNEY, New South Wales / Australia (Thursday, August 25, 2011) – Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, is currently sitting at No. 2 on the ASP World Title Race following his big win at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, but entering the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Smith has changed his mindset, leaving his victory as a piece of the past to focus all of his attention on the task at hand, tackling massive Teahupo’o barrels. STAB Magazine caught up with Mr. Smith and got his thoughts on everything from his new truck to his model girlfriend to his intentions on the ASP World Title as well as his anticipation for the monster of a swell that is rapidly encroaching on Tahiti. This… is their story…
Ain’t it sweet watching a pro come up? Take Jordy Smith, for example. The cocky, brash kid brimming with congenital talent (and a penchant for debauch) we first saw, has since grown into a mature(er) man, a dominant force on the tour, disciplined, focused and someone who, like all powerful men (they say), has a strong woman behind him. One thing that’s remained a constant in Jordy’s career, however, has been short and to-the-point interview responses. When Stab spoke with the South African, his banter from the End of The Road was, unsurprisingly, concise as ever.
Stab: Is the first event back after a win easier or harder?
Jordy Smith: I’d say it’s neither. I take each event as it comes. I won the last event and that was awesome, but that was then, this is now. Right now, I’m focusing on Teahupo’o
A lot of guys I talk to say that having a girlfriend can be a distraction from tour. How’ve you found it? If they say that, then I think they’re dating the wrong girls. My girl has her own life and I have mine. We’ve found a happy medium where I support her goals, and she supports mine. If anything, she helps me focus and I know that if I have an issue or a problem, I can go to her for advice just as she could come to me.
Check out the full interview on STAB Magazine.
For more on Jordy Smith view his full ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE.
Watch the South African compete at the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition resumes.