Men’s No. 8: Jordy Smith

2011 SURFER Poll

The big Saffa dropped precipitously in 2011 from No. 3 to No. 8. Being sidelined by a mid-year back injury probably didn’t help him much, and he’s certainly no longer the much-hyped new kid on the block. Instead, Smith has become part of the bedrock of modern surfing. Winning his second consecutive Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay proved he has the consistency to become a fixture on Tour, and his combos in Lost Atlas demonstrated that his other foot is planted firmly in progressive, innovative ripping. Odds are, he will rise again.