Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
1 Feb 2020
6:33 am

Jordy Smith – Professional surfer riding crest of a wave

Wesley Botton

He hopes his consistency and experience, more than anything else, will carry him to glory when he chases his newest goal of a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in July.

South African professional surfer Jordy Smith, from Durban, poses for photographs in Johannesburg, 28 January 2020, following an interview with The Citizen. Picture: Michel Bega

It was a long road for Jordy Smith on his way to the top, and the journey required a lot of sacrifice and buckets of hard work. Now that he’s cemented himself among the best surfers on the international circuit, it’s not so much the elite competition which keeps him motivated, but rather the lifestyle which accompanies his profession. “I’ve been chasing swells and waves non-stop since I’ve been home,” Smith said this week, during a rare break with his family. “I just can’t get enough of it. It’s my life. I live, eat, breathe and sleep surfing.” Now 31,...