SURFING Magazine Issue 6, 2014

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Issue 6, 2014

Hope In The Air

For past three years I’ve been on Australia’s Gold Coast for the first event of the WCT season. I’m here right now, actually, writing from the 8th-floor balcony of the Rainbow Place apartment complex. The air is warm, the swell is building, the water is see-through and there is hope in the air.

Every one of the top-34 surfers in the world has lofty aspirations at the moment. New season, new opportunities. The score is 0-0 and last year ain’t nothin’ but a seeding. So, like Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption, they hope. Hope to requalify. Hope for the top 10. Hope for a world title. And hope is a beautiful thing.

I first noticed this pre-season optimism in 2012, when I interviewed Jordy Smith a few floors above where I’m sitting now. He was fit, confident, well equipped and with a steady girl. A world title was in his sights, but it was in everyone’s sights, and only person can win each year. In 2012 that person was Joel Parkinson. Jordy Smith finished 12th.

But today it’s 2014 and as we begin a more concerted effort to cover the WCT, SURFING Magazine is hopeful, too. We are going to be at every event this year with a writer and a couple of photographers. And with exclusive access behind the scenes we will provide you with previews, daily updates and a flipbook from every competition. While most of our efforts will be focused online, you’ll see it more in the magazine, too. Which is why we spoke with Jordy Smith again for this issue. As he trained at an isolated African pointbreak we were getting reports that, recently married and with a fresh outlook on competing, that this was a “new Jordy.”

We wondered, though, how was this Jordy different than the Jordy we spoke with two years ago? How do the best in the world convince themselves, and us, time and again, that this year is different? The interview you’ll read gives a unique insight into the psychology and preparation that each surfer, or at least Jordy, works through leading into a new year. It’s the type of article you can expect to see in these pages in the coming year.

Despite the mental and physical training that Jordy Smith undertook during the off-season, he finished 25th on the Gold Coast. Last place. By the time you read this, you’ll being watching him in West Oz. But whether or not Jordy emerges on top when the season wraps at Pipeline is almost inconsequential. We’re just thankful to have insight into the psyche of the modern competitive surfer and know that hope — sometimes naïve, sometimes warranted — is what keeps us coming back each year.
—Taylor Paul

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  • Someone the I used to know.

    Way to go Jordy, career, celebrity, lifestyle… cover shot. I am not quite as good surfing, though I’d hesitate mimicry of this technique, though it’s proof I had done this just the other day, but no 35mm or apperture. Its not so much the form I appreciate here but utility of sport which goes to the GNP and facility doing things when people go surfing. Thanks.

  • jcbcrz

    why does the surf world suck it so hard to Jordy?
    he hasn’t really done much in the time he’s been on tour; doesn’t charge crazy hard and i see plenty of people talking bad about Brazilian style and claims but this guys right there with he worst of them…???

  • The Bernake IMF Predessesor

    With US 12 bil. net income in GNP over the course of 2009,what percentage of net industry profits will surf brand manufacturers take for proceeds to solve world hunger? So. Africa only gets about $1.50 per capita, so the Jordy equation could easily use his money to solve industry privation in that sense. Since he is paid across the board, due only to a fraction of his dollar.

  • Lens Peterson

    Please tell me,, if this cover is some anamorphic attempt in nature to illustrate the cat vs. RC helicopter/drone relationship with photography, where businesses in the United States of America get backed and can be sold overseas and right back again.Just because the navigator is standing on land, shouldn’t make the usage of things, any more static in global commerce. Not a bad shot, from anwhere.

  • Colonel Sanders

    Oh boy, Jordy in South East Africa, just passing through, should have he brought a gun… then it’d be a barrel shot. Somali Pirates, Mozambeque swell blocked by Madag. now that the agenda on Globalisation met WTO * water shortages are abbated * filters * food … where are our state tax dollars going to be if the government culls spending and gives contributions to all the politicians?

  • Common Good

    This is it… I want a discount on all newstands on the suggested retail price for this magazines’ issue. It doesn’t seem fair for the principal of comparitive advantage to take so much, but give back so little. Jordy’s covershot is a privilege to surf economics and the consumer shouldn’t have to pay at fair market value. Afganistan police just shot a Pulitzer photo journalist for less.

  • Legalist Philistine

    What I can tell you is the organisation Helping Hands is a not-for-profit charter which allows gatherings and charitable donations that go directly to the benificiaries. In spirit of Jordy performance and photographer, the greater good will contribute to the philanthropy of all Americans,therefore Jordy benevolence helped those on local levels as well as multinational conglomerations. The IMF particularly scrutinized for there aloof approach to handling matters of community importance.