In his third season on the world tour in 2010, South African Jordy Smith finished in the runners-up spot in the overall standings. During the course of the season, he picked up his first world title event victory, the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, a competition he won again in 2011, and he also won the ASP 5-Star Mr. Price Pro. He is currently in third place in the standings for 2013, having won the third round of the series, the Billabong Rio Pro, and taken third place at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia. He also won a gold medal and a $50,000 cheque for his entry to the inaugural X Games Real Surf competition, a 90-second part filmed in Cape Town, Durban and Mozambique. Born on 2nd February 1988, Jordy grew up in Durban, starting surfing at the age of six. Coming from South Africa and growing up away from the dangers of child-stardom that others like O'Neill stablemate John John Florence were exposed to, Jordy felt little heat from the surfing world until the age of 19, when he won surfing's World Qualifying Series, and qualified for the ASP World Tour. Despite learning his trade at New Pier, Durban, not exactly the most user-friendly of training grounds, Jordy has become famous for moves such as the rodeo flip and full rotation alley-oops. He is always on the search for new, seemingly impossible manoeuvres, and in 2013, he even perfected the backflip while on a filming trip back home.
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