En Garde: Jordy Smith & Julin Wilson

Filming for the final section of Jordy’s next movie. It is a surf trip. It is a reunion. It is a duel.

Men have been dueling since man two and man three walked the earth. Their names were Cain and Abel and Cain was angry at Abel for being friends with God and so he dueled him to death. Many years and many men later, Captain Macnamara and Colonel Montgomery dueled in London's Hyde Park because their dogs got into a fight. Both were wounded but Montgomery died. Aaron Burr dueled Alexander Hamilton in New Jersey when Hamilton defamed him, journalistically, in print and Hamilton was shot to death. And so on and so forth until we arrive at Reunion Island with two men named Jordy Smith and Julian Wilson. The two harbored no previous beef, but both possessed a competitive fire that was only fueled when doused with seawater. By all accounts the battle was gentlemanly -- but heated. If Jordy stuck something big and retreated to shore, Julian wouldn't come in until he upped Jordy. If Julian out-ooped Jordy, Jordy would counter-strike with a sweeping, full-rail gaff. For ten days, on one wave, they dueled like many great men in history have dueled. Not with swords, and not with guns, but with modern thrusters. Who won? Well, as the saying goes, to the victor goes the cover.

Julian Wilson, stalefish reverse. Photo: Ryan Miller

"In this world there's two kinds of people. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
-- Clint Eastwood
As Blondie in The Good,
The Bad and the Ugly

Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith, forehand gouge.

"The study of beauty is a duel in which
the artist cries with terror before being defeated."
--Charles Baudelaire