The surf media can finally stop jabbering about which company South African golden boy Jordy Smith will sign with. As of Monday, October 22, an O'Neill logo will be emblazoned front and center on Smith's quiver. That's right folks, the hype is finally over. Smith has joined the O'Neill team with a rumored-to-be contract in the seven-figure range.
It's been a big 12 months for Smith. After shocking the surfing world with a second-place finish at Sunset last winter during the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing and most recently with a big win at the O'Neill Cold Water classic, Smith is well on his way to becoming a household name. All of the aforementioned accolades coupled with the fact that he is the current ‘QS ratings leader and has already qualified for next year's World Tour, it's safe to say that 2007 belongs to Jordy Smith.
"We're just really excited to have Jordy join the team and we're really looking forward to the future," said O'Neill Marketing Manager Marc Prefontaine. "When Jordy got a chance to come up to Santa Cruz for the Cold Water, I think he got a really good vibe from our brand. In Santa Cruz, he got to see our heritage and how dedicated we are to surfing." With this in mind, here's a little personal insight into surfing's latest superstar.
You’ve been in California for a while now, do you prefer the girls in Nor Cal or So Cal?
Southern Cali girls for sure!
While you’re on the road for most of the year, what are the things you miss the most about South Africa?
Friends, family, and the waves.
What’s the best meal you’ve have in the U.S.?
Burger King…hahaha…just kidding – SONNY’S pasta…amazing!!!
What do you do for fun when you’re not surfing?
I play tennis, soccer, and just hang out on Facebook or Myspace.
If you had to pick a celebrity (model, actress, musician, etc.) to date, who would it be?
Too many to choose from!
What surf spot would you like to surf that you haven’t?
Last wetsuit you wore?
O’Neill, custom made.
If someone made a movie about your life, what would you title it?
Lakka Fire Krakka
If you had a power animal (a la Fight Club), what would it be?