15 October, 2014 15 October, 2014

Things Change – with Jordy Smith

Who remembers Martin Potter’s crazy streak in 1989? He went mad at so many consecutive events that it still stands in the record books as the biggest world title winning margin ever. So what happened? Was it the training? Was it the fact that Derek Hynd gave him a ‘no-chance’ rating in his Surfer Mag Top 30 analysis? Or maybe it was something else?

Some would say that Pottz’s hot streak started earlier. Gotcha ad in Zag (circa ’82)

Maybe something switched inside of him? It happens to top sportspeople. That tipping point, when they decide to change their approach, to review their attitude, and to give it all from a different perspective. We’re currently watching Jordy Smith do something different, and no one is sure what it is.

After a poor start, a string of 25ths and a drop out of the Top 10, Jordy was having a below average year. In fact it could be said that the surfer who was called out by Kelly Slater as having multiple world titles in him, was having a shocker. Until Trestles that is.

Jordy’s surfing was spot-on at the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Jordy won the Hurley Pro by doing something different. Was it because he was relaxed because there was no pressure for anything, or maybe it was that idea that has been mentioned much recently that a world title run starts the year before? Perhaps it was a bid to please his wife and make her proud (happy wife, happy life etc). Either way, he won it. A big event. But it wasn’t a flash in the pan.

The next event, the Quiksilver Pro France, saw the same in-form Jordy, killing it throughout the event. The only reason he lost in the semis was because he couldn’t buy a wave out there against Jadson Andre, who was getting barrelled off his head forehand and backhand. A win and a third back-to-back.

Then Jordy entered the Caiscas Billabong Pro, and was delivering some top performances again, despite eventually losing in the quarter finals to none other than Jadson Andre again. Still, the role continued. We needed to find out what was going on in the head of the man.

Jordy in action at the Quiksilver Pro France.

JARVI: Bru, tell us what has changed. What have you done?
JORDY: Well, quite a few things have changed actually. Time will tell, but my approach is very different now.

Did the Trestles event make you reassess your approach? You mentioned that you weren’t tearing but you still won.
You know, there are going to be some events when you feel like you’re unstoppable, and there will be others where you feel like you are scraping through. I think the thing for me is to embrace both cases, and accept both cases. Accept the fact that you’re not always going to put on a show. Sometimes you have to change everything in order to win.

That’s positive, talking of which, married life seems to be really working for you.
Yep. It’s everything I thought it was, and more.


Another thing. Whenever you’re interviewed or in photos, you always seem to have the biggest smile on your dial. What’s the secret joke?
No secret joke. You’ve just got to do something that you love to do. Surfing is not a chore. Competing is not a chore.

Jordy’s streak has continued in Portugal. Click the image below to watch his massive rotation for a 9.27 in yesterday’s Round 1 at the Moche Rip Curl Pro:



  1. sebbe
    15 October, 2014 at 9:24 am · Reply

    well, JOrdy was ripping at the first events too but got his “wins” stolen by judges..remember the 13 points ride that he should have got against Julian Wilson at Bells for ex..

  2. chappy
    17 October, 2014 at 3:00 pm · Reply

    Nothings changed.
    all that has happened is a bit of luck and a bit of bad luck for the others
    At the moment,consistency and lady luck is what determines a world champ
    My view is that if the contests are lucky to be held in waves of consequence then Jordy might have a chance… if hes got a bit more luck on his side
    If the WCT hits a year of average waves then no chance my bru
    When and if the WCT ever gets held on a wavepool, with the exact same waves,one for one,then we see who the actual surfing champion really is.
    What we have at the moment is a bunch of world champion contenders throwing the dice in the lineup,due to tide changes and inconsistent variables.
    Good to watch but when the JS’s,JJ’s and etc etc get comboed in heats,its hardly a fair sport is it?

    • grunter
      19 October, 2014 at 12:31 pm · Reply

      agreed…Trav’s just been knocked out in 6-8ft Portugal with a 2.67 total heat score…

      what a joke…

      • spanner
        19 October, 2014 at 12:53 pm · Reply

        Ha Ha..if he’d surfed against Ace… Trav and his 2.67 woulda licked him fair and square
        And probably set a world record for the lowest heat score win…

  3. paul
    20 October, 2014 at 6:40 am · Reply

    Surfing wavepool demo next winter olympics in 2016
    with a possible event for 2020 if voted for

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