When Jordy Smith out-surfed the field in Rio de Janeiro four years ago, more or less inventing the genre of geographical landmark claims (imitating the iconic Christo Redentor statue) in the process, it didn’t require a giant leap of faith to back the big South African for a world title in the very near future.
And while 3 Top 5 finishes have since followed, The Brazilian storm, the rise and rise of the Florence machine and injury setbacks have meant that a World Title trophy sized gap still persists atop the Smith household sideboard, for now.
But an emphatic win in the last event at Bells, scintillating freesurf form as evidenced in the recent 19 minute epic action movie ‘Just Now’ – (follow up to the similarly mind-blowing ‘Now Now’) mean that in 2017 Jordy’s time could well be… er… now.
And The oi Rio Pro could be the very event to further bolster Jordy’s 2017 claim for professional wave-riding’s ultimate prize.
Sure, it takes a wee bit of self-assurance to imitate (albeit a 98ft soapstone rendition of) Jesus in the world’s biggest Catholic country, and sure, it’s going to take a surfer of phenomenal natural ability to dethrone reigning world champ and current yellow jersey holder John Florence, but those are two of Jordy’s very USP’s.