When Jordy Smith qualified for the WCT in 2007 the South African soon moved to California to be closer to the whole surf scene/industry. But has that been a good call? Could he actually have benefitted from keeping a little distance between himself and the surf biz? Helped him to see the wood from the trees kinda thing...

From a free surfing point of view, however, just watch his latest clip from earlier in the year in the heavy beachbreaks of Durban before the start to the WCT in Aus. How good are the waves! And how's his wave riding! It sure as hell beats watching Jordy milk Trestles to death for the 100th time with a million other Southern Cali pro rippers.