Monday, July 19, 2010

A Life in the Life of Jordan Michael Smith

SHOOT: Reading it this way, in bullet point form, becoming the ASP World Champ looks like it was simply a case of Destiny.
February 11, 1988
Born in Durban, South Africa. Eerily, also Kelly Slater’s birthday.

Starts surfing at three years old.

Offered a soccer scholarship in England. Thankfully, choses surfing.

Wins ISA U/16 World Championship

Makes semi-finals at Billabong Pro J-Bay as a wildcard.
ASP World Junior Champion.
Puts surfing world on notice with a stunning North Shore season where he makes final of World Cup at Sunset, wins Triple Crown Rookie Of The Year and stomps a massive rodeo.

Billabong, Nike and O’Neill enter sponsorship bidding war. O’Neill wins.
At Boost Mobile Pro at Trestles knocks out Joel Parkinson and Andy Irons on way to ninth place, as a wildcard.
Wins World Qualifying Series and sets single season points record.

Rookie year on the World Tour, squeak in as final requalifier, in 26th.

Finishes 11th on tour, stars in Modern Collective, lands that rodeo.

Moves to California, comes second in season opening Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
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