The South African prodigy born and raised in the hard knocks of Durban, South Africa has begun to leave a legacy as a competitive beast in his young career. The powerful natural-footer proved to be one of the most consistent surfers on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour season, clawing his way to an impressive runner-up finish to Kelly Slater while taking his maiden elite event win by snagging the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, putting an exclamation point on his third season on the Top 34. Smith’s freakish talent saw him not only clinch the coveted ASP World Junior Championships, but also saw him qualify for the ASP World Tour in only one year, a feat almost unheard of amongst his peers.
With a hand in pushing the limits of progressive surfing with the likes of Dane Reynolds and an approach to competition that is eerily similar to that of 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, it’s no wonder why surfing critics are calling for this South African talent to be the next major force to dominate the sport of surfing. With four years of elite experience under his belt, Smith will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.