Jordy Smith
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Jordy Smith is heading to Teahupo’o in Tahiti to surf ahead of the Olympics, adding another exciting event to his career.

 

South Africa (04 April 2024) – Jordy Smith, a highly accomplished professional male surfer from South Africa, is eagerly preparing for what could potentially be the defining moment of his career.

The upcoming Global Games, to be held in France this year, will feature an unprecedented surfing event that is set to take place at the renowned Teahupo’o in Tahiti, a French Colony. This unique location is known as one of the most technically difficult waves in the world to surf and was selected to ensure that the surfing event is as credible as possible.

While the sport was only recently added to the programme, the waves at the first competition held in the 2020 global stage were far from world-class. As a result, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken the radical decision to host the surfing event on a different continent and time zone. Notably, the excitement is palpable among competitors like Smith, who currently holds the 9th rank on the elite WSL (World Surf League) Men’s Championship Tour.

Outside of a few choice events every two years or so, surfing is usually a solo sport, and, although still a new addition to the Games, competitive surfers worldwide are itching to represent their countries on the global stage.

“It’s obviously a huge accomplishment to represent your country, it’s kind of the biggest accolade that you could possibly have on an international level,” Smith says, adding that from a more personal perspective, the mainstream exposure for him as an athlete and the sport as a whole at such a high level is something to be proud of: “I just feel really honoured,” he says. 

There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ right?

“Having your fellow countrymen and women on the team is super special,” says Smith. He says, “I’m sure they will be supporting me as much as I will be supporting them.”

On top of his fellow countrymen and women at the event, Smith will be working closely with his coaching team as they are an integral part of his success:

“The coaches and the staff play a huge role, keeping everything calm around you, making sure that you’re able to compete at the highest level and do the best for your country.”  

Smith is a highly skilled and experienced athlete who is determined to clinch the Gold Medal. He understands that achieving peak performance requires a holistic approach that addresses various aspects of his training, such as board preparation, body conditioning, and proper nutrition. Smith recognises that the key to success in high-pressure tournaments like this one lies not only in physical fitness but also in mental preparation. He places great emphasis on developing a strong mindset that enables him to remain focused and composed even in the most challenging situations.

In his own words, “What really helps my preparation and my mindset more than anything into approaching high-pressure events or moments, or just life in general.”

The inclusion of surfing at the 2024 global stage once again marks a significant milestone for the sport as it attains the recognition it deserves as a mainstream discipline.

“I think it’s growing, it’s something interesting and I think we’re only scratching the surface to be going to Tahiti,” says Smith. Commenting on his strategy for such a momentous occasion, he explains: “As far as strategy goes, it’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen”.   

He also acknowledges that, although taking place at a dream location for many, the unpredictability and technicality of Teahupo’o’s wave conditions are always at the forefront of any surfer’s mind, especially considering its reputation of having the world’s heaviest waves on certain swell and wind conditions. Something very hard to predict, which makes surfing so different from, say, tennis – where the courts remain standard regardless of the competition: “You can only really kind of see that about a week out from the competition just due to Mother Nature; she chops and changes whenever she wants so you have to adjust on the fly and go with it,” says Smith, explaining how he has been developing a quiver of surfboards alongside his surfboard-shaper dad, Graham, to suit all possible conditions at Teahupo’o.

We wish Jordy the best of luck with this amazing achievement, and we look forward to seeing him flying the South African flag high on the biggest global stage in 2024. For more information on him or to follow his illustrious career, visit: https://www.redbull.com/za-en/athlete/jordy-smith


Sources: Supplied
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