This huge barrel-to-air combo from Jordy Smith has shades of his "craziest air ever" to it. There's no greater way to stamp your authority on a wave after coming flying out of a barrel and throwing a massive turn or air. And Jordy just did it better than anyone else.
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Heavy hitters in the water
With the likes of Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, and more
South Africa's star surfer lives large when he's in town for the Oakley Pro Bali.
There is a lot of downtime during an ASP world tour event. Actually surfing in heats makes up just a fraction of the time that the Top 34 spend at the contest venue. So it makes sense that surfers like Jordy Smith would want to stay someplace nice when they're not in the water. Smith stays in a sweet villa during the Oakley Pro Bali, complete with a pool, an indoor/outdoor bathroom and, for some weird reason, lots of weird erotic art. While the art isn't to Smith's tastes, the style of the villa is. He modeled his own home in South Africa after a Balinese villa.
Follow the two pro surfers through proposals, air boat trips, and the US Open.
The new series 21 Days gives an inside look at Jordy Smith and CJ Hobgood as they prepare for the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The two surfers are at very different stages in their careers. Hobgood is still competing but is also preparing for life after the WCT. Smith is still firmly in the hunt for a world title. As they try to balance the demands of being a pro surfer with family life, Hobgood and Smith find both challenges and opportunities.
Burrow defeats Julian Wilson in one of the best finals on the ASP World Tour this year
While fellow world title contenders Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, and Joel Parkinson advance
Round 1 of the US Open goes off in powerful surf.
The US Open of Surfing is one of the most popular surf contests in the world. That doesn't always mean it features excellent surf. In some years, there is more action on the beach than in the water. That wasn't the case in the first round in 2013. Waves in the 4-5 foot range consistently came through the Huntington Beach pier, offering surfers like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, and others the chance to show off their powerful hacks and airs. Not surprisingly, Slater scored a rare barrel on his way to one of the highest heat scores of the day.
As long as it's on a legit wave.
Pro surfer Mick Fanning is no stranger to throwing up his arms or pumping his fist after a successful wave. Fanning isn't claiming it for the fans on the beach or the ones watching the webcast. Much like a tennis player, Fanning claims it as a way to pump himself up and as a release after heaping so much pressure on himself to perform on the ASP world tour. There are limits, though. Fanning recalls that former pro surfer Taylor Knox firmly believed that if a surfer claimed it on a wave that scored anything lower than an 8, that he should be deducted points.