South African surfer has re-signed with his sponsor O’Neill for another 5 years.
Regarded as one of the most naturally gifted surfers of his generation, Jordy first signed with O’Neill as a 19 year old World Junior Champion in 2007. During the course of the last five years, the South African has become one of the standout performers on the elite ASP World Championship Tour.
After winning the World Qualifying Series title in 2007, Smith embarked on his maiden World Tour season in 2008.
“We are fortunate to have a surfer of Jordy’s calibre representing O’Neill,” said O’Neill Global Marketing Director, Michael Heath. “Whether it is during competition or while free-surfing, Jordy continues to prove he is one of the most progressive surfers in the world.”
On his partnership with O’Neill, Smith stated, “The last five years with O’Neill have been unbelievable. They have given me so much freedom and yet so much support at the same time. I have built a relationship with O’Neill in which they help me out in so many different aspects of my life, and not just in surfing.”
Currently, Smith is ramping up for the 2013 World Tour, which kicks off in Australia in early March, and remains focused on regaining the competitive form he enjoyed in the first half of 2011 before a rib injury derailed his WCT title challenge.
“I’ve been training and surfing a lot; reflecting on last year, and changing a few things” continued Smith. “First and foremost, my goal for the next five years is to win a World Title. I’m going to put my head down and definitely go for that.”
Unfortunately for Jordy, there will be no WCT event at Jeffreys Bay in 2013, a venue where he has won two titles and he will not have any home ground advantage in his quest to become the World Surf Champion.