Jordy Smith

Surfer

Twenty-four-year-old Durbanite Jordy Smith hit the headlines in 2010 when victory in the Billabong J-Bay competition in Jeffrey's Bay saw the youngster become the number- one-ranked surfer competing in the World Championship Tour � he ended the year at number two in the international rankings. This was a follow-up to his 2007 victory in the World Qualifying Series � the surfing world's second tier. He also won the 2006 ASP Junior Championships and Van's Rookie of the Year award. He has won 10 national championship titles. Smith, an old boy of Glenwood High School, started surfing at the age of six. He is famous for surfing manoeuvres, including the rodeo flip, full rotation alley-oops and backhand airs. He has, lately, appeared in surf videos, including Taylor Steele's Stranger than Fiction. �Niren Tolsi

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