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Not since Shaun Tomson (or Martin Pottz, depending on who you ask), has South Africa had such a shining and tenacious World Title hopeful to entrust its dreams to. On February 2, 1988 a curly-haired boy named Jordan Smith entered the world with a hunger that'd never abate and a thirst that'd make him great. On a diet of home-cooked meals from mom Luellen and sneaky McDonalds snacks from pops Graham, a dominating and athletic 6'2" frame came into shape. Luckily, the longer limbs didn't result in awkwardness, but added power to the kid's physique.
Since Pops Graham had the Lost Surfboards license in SA, lil' Jords watched Cali jibbers like Joe Crimo slide through his hometown and wondered as they threw down shrink-wraps and the like: Why can't I do that? The young mind is an industrious thing and what monkey saw, monkey did. You might say that the strong tradition of power surfing in SA mixed with the skate-style surfing of Cali meshed to create a beautiful monster. Coming from South Africa and growing up away from the dangers of child-stardom that kids like O'Neill stablemate Johnny Florence are exposed to, Jordy felt little heat from the surfing world until age 20. Until he made the ASP World Tour. Until he stomped a rodeo at Macaronis, which found its way onto the cover of Yahoo. Then, things changed.
A phase of partying, board-punching and outspokenness followed but was an important chapter for the kid. Call it a reaction to the weight of expectation if you will. Either way, once it was done, he was a man. Ready.
New Pier in Durban ain't exactly user-friendly. So, does it surprise you to know that a man who so unapologetically man-handles waves hails from this shifty training ground? Jordy hucks, hacks and blazes with such fury, that it's little wonder his Modern Collective pals dubbed him 'Man Bear Pig' (lovingly, of course, though the nickname may also refer to Jords' ferocious appetite). You've heard of Mod Coll, right? Kai Neville's game-changing 2009 film, in which Jordy had a starring lead? It was in this film that Jordy helped show the world that the new guard had arrived. And, he was at the helm.
Two years on, two WT victories at back-to-back Billabong Pro J-Bay events, and another starring role In Kai Nev's second film, Lost Atlas, and we have a man who's fitter than he's ever been, ablaze with the heat of romance (his gal Lyndall makes him a better man — just ask him) and poised to wrap his giant hands around the throat of the World Title cup. It ain't how or if, but when. The Rostrum and Astroman were "leisurely," he says in his sincere, understated tone. "I climbed the Rostrum, then came down and ate lunch. Then I went over and soloed Astroman. Each one took an hour."
As for the tougher Moonlight Buttress, with its soaring finger-width cracks and dizzying 2,000 feet of relief, he modestly passes that off by explaining that he'd rehearsed the moves on prior ascents.
"Exposure doesn't bother me," he says when addressing the reality that on a free solo ascent, if you fall you die. "It's easy not to be scared if you know you won't fall." The Sacramento, California born climber took to the sport at age eleven, when his parents introduced him to a local climbing gym. "They figured that since I was always climbing trees, I would like the gym," he recalls. "Soon I was going there five days a week, and riding my bike seven miles to get there. I would traverse back and forth across the walls for two hours at a time, never stepping down."
On a student field trip to Yosemite, one look at El Capitan firmly planted the climbing bug in his head, though he'd be diverted by a year of engineering at UC Berkeley before committing himself to full-time climbing. Now, with 2011 before him, he's a professional climber and North Face athlete, recently profiled in Climbing Magazine. At 25 he's already accomplished a lifetime's worth of vertical feats, but with an appetite for rock and raw talent like his, he's certain to push the frontiers of adventure even further.
Wade Goodall's approach to surfing is akin to that of a mad scientist. Wade's skewed aerial variations and mind-bending barrel riding skills have earned him a spot among the best "all-around" surfers in the world.
Wade thrust himself on to the international surf scene by winning the Australian Pro Junior title, but it wouldn't be contest results that dictated his future success. Wade's penchant for creative, above-the-lip surfing was way ahead of the judging criteria, and restraining his creativity with a contest singlet would have been a great injustice to us all. With contests behind him, Wade's freed up schedule allowed him to travel and test the old mettle in some frothy pits, resulting in a new thirst and his first cover shot on Transworld Surf Mag at Teahupoo.
Wade brought his aerial antics and his newfound love for pits to the masses via his imaginative web outlet, Creative Destruction. Highlighting his life as traveling surf star, the series is responsible for bringing the artistic side of surfing back to the forefront of web clips and raising the quality bar for web content. From hanging out with legends Metallica in Costa Rica to his charity work with the kids of Mission Mexico, Creative Destruction impressed Wade's unique point of view on thousands of surf groms, all while showcasing his inspired and creative surfing.
His unique take on life in general separates him from the rest of his peers, adding a new and refreshing prospective on professional surfing. Wade's artistic views and brilliant surfing has many a surfer waiting to see what he'll do next.
Tim Curran (born August 14, 1977) is a musician, retired professional surfer and a spokesperson for the Surfrider Foundation. During his successful surfing career, he was one of the best surfers on the World Championship Tour, and was consistently in contention for the world championship. Despite his success and popularity, he remained one of the most affable and well-regarded surfers on the tour, a trait he attributed to his "Christian faith and belief in God".
Tim obtained his first sponsorship at age eleven from McCrystal Surfboards and was competing as a professional surfer by age sixteen.
He is considered to be the pioneer of surfing's "Aerial Revolution" of the late 1990s, and is famous for completing a full rotation, upside-down flip in two-foot surf at Rocky Point in Hawaii during winter of 2005. This popular aerial achievement has become known worldwide as simply "The Flip".
Curran is also featured on Eisley's Final Noise E.P., released in 2006. Curran has published three albums and one EP so far: Citsusa E.P. (2004), and the full album Word of Mouth (2007). The album was re-released in 2008 when Curran signed with Adeline Records, his new recording label, and two music videos were shot for the songs "Save" and "Blue Eyes". The song "Daylights Comin'" was featured in the second episode of the 2011 TV series Charlie's Angels. His second album, Verses, was released on March 9, 2010, and his latest album "Options" released on May 31, 2011.
Jolene Van Vugt
At the young age of 31 Jolene Van Vugt has established herself as one of the most accomplished female athletes in action sports today. Her incredible and ongoing lists of accomplishments include becoming the first CMRC Women's Canadian Motocross National Champion, first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike, holder of multiple Guinness World Records, and co-star of many motocross/stunt videos.
Jolene Joanna Van Vugt was born in London, Ontario Canada in 1980 to Dutch immigrant parents Bill and Tina. Youngest to sister Michelle and brother Billy, she grew up heavily influenced by her Father Bill, a young at heart avid motocross racer. As well as older brother Billy, who followed fast in Bill Sr.'s footsteps.
It wasn't until the age of 11 that Jolene finally convinced her dad to buy her a bike (after much debate about her commitment to her ever-changing hobbies). At the age of 14 Jolene was given the ultimatum to either practice, race and take motocross seriously or give it up for good. With little thought the path she chose would define the rest of her life.
Jolene's talent soon became apparent as she quickly rose to the top ranks of Canadian women's motocross. Earning multiple Ontario Provincial Championships, a 9th place overall in the WMA (Women's Motocross Association), earning her lifetime number 63. She also competed in many prestige's motocross events, such as The Loretta Lynn's Amateur National and The Walton Trans Can Canadian Amateur National.
In 2006 Jolene would have a large part in creating the Canadian Women's National Championship's, a coast-to-coast national series that would mirror the opportunities of the WMA in the U.S. She would commemorate the event by winning the series and becoming the first Canadian Women's National Champion.
2006 would be a landmark year in Jolene's life. Not only for her racing efforts but also for her accomplishment of being the first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike over 60 ft ramp to dirt. With guidance and lessons from her friend Travis Pastrana she had learned the backflip a year before, first on a smaller 110cc play bike, than a month latter on her RM125.
The milestone backflips and other stunts performed at the Pastrana compound would be featured in the popular Nitro Circus video series, and open many doors for the young talent. Such as being the first female to take part in the Masters Of Dirt Freestyle Show in Austria, and be featured in the MTV television show Nitro Circus.
Jolene is easily recognizable by her large smile, colorful personality and cheerfully positive outlook on life. While many of her peers have chosen a more straightforward, safe and comfortable approach to life. Jolene continues to sacrifice many things to travel the world and make a living riding her dirt bike.
Clifton James "C.J." Hobgood (born July 6, 1979 in Melbourne, Florida) is an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship surfer. C.J. has a twin brother, Damien Hobgood. They both compete in the East.
C.J. entered his first surfing contest in 1989 and made the Open Boys final. He placed second in a national competition the following year. He won several other championships and in 1998 he was selected as the model for the new NSSA logo. In 1999, CJ was the Association Surfer Professionals Rookie of the Year.In 2001 he won the ASP World Championship. He currently resides in Satellite Beach, Florida with his wife and daughter, near his younger brother Travis, his younger sister Marissa, and his parents.
Along with surfing, C.J. also plays tennis, and his filmography includes Noahs Ark, The Outsiders produced by Walkingonwater.org, Down the Barrel (2007), Inaugural Hobgood Challenge (2007), Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere. He has recently won the 2007 US Open of Surfing. He has also recently won the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Part of the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing Competition, in Hawaii in 2008.
Balaram Stack is a native Point Lookout, New York professional surfer. He was born on September 5, 1991. The youngest of three surfing brothers, Stack was born in Sebastian, Florida, where he began riding waves on a boogie board at three. His family relocated to Long Island when he was five, settling a half-block from the beach in Point Lookout.
By 11 he developed a reputation as a ripper in local lineups and was sponsored by unsOund, a Long Beach surf shop. When he was 12, Stack won a local contest that convinced him to quit hockey and devote more time to riding waves. The following year, Quiksilver, the surf industry's top brand, discovered Stack at a surfing camp in Montauk and added him to its team. In 2009, Stack opted for an independent study course load so that he could travel the world and surf. He spent a month on the North Shore of Oahu, surfing the Banzai Pipeline. He tagged along to Tahiti with Clay Marzo, considered the sport's most creative aerialist. In February, Quiksilver sent him to Australia to train with the surf coach Mick Cain, who used video analysis and mental techniques to improve Stack's contest readiness. Stack returned from Australia transformed. In April, at the national scholastic East Coast regional championships in Florida, Stack qualified for the finals in four divisions, winning the Air Show and Explorer Juniors divisions. With a repertory of aerials and an ability to ride in the barrel of waves, Stack earned three perfect 10 scores during the tournament, an unprecedented performance for a surfer from the Northeast.
Stack won the wildcard and competed in the ASP 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York in September against the world's best. His short documentary "Stacked" premiered in Long Beach, NY on August 30 2012. Wade brought his aerial antics and his newfound love for pits to the masses via his imaginative web outlet, Creative Destruction. Highlighting his life as traveling surf star, the series is responsible for bringing the artistic side of surfing back to the forefront of web clips and raising the quality bar for web content. From hanging out with legends Metallica in Costa Rica to his charity work with the kids of Mission Mexico, Creative Destruction impressed Wade's unique point of view on thousands of surf groms, all while showcasing his inspired and creative surfing.
Chris Haslam (born December 19th, 1980) is a canadian professional skateboarder, originally from Ontario who now resides in Richmond, BC. He is goofy footed.
Haslam started skating at the age of 13, while living with his parents in Singapore, and turned pro in 2004.
His current sponsors are Vestal Watches, Almost Skateboards, Independent Trucks (Independent Trucks and Clothing), Momentum Wheel Co., IS Designs, Dakine, CTI and Globe Shoes.
He is mostly known for doing a wide variety of innovative tricks and is often compared with Daewon Song or Rodney Mullen. Haslam has been gaining attention and popularity since his part in the Almost: Round Three video. Chris won the Reader's Choice in the the 7th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards in 2005. In August of 2006 he was voted the winner of the Vs 411VM competition. This was a competition where tricks performed by a number of professional skateboarders were voted on by the public. The winners of each heat went on to the next round. He Beed DE Best In 2006 M.R. Haslam and Daewon Song were featured in the Almost video Cheese and Crackers, a video showcasing the pair skating a miniramp. It also features Haslam skating an offroad skateboard. Noise E.P., released in 2006. Curran has published three albums and one EP so far: Citsusa E.P. (2004), and the full album Word of Mouth (2007). The album was re-released in 2008 when Curran signed with Adeline Records, his new recording label, and two music videos were shot for the songs "Save" and "Blue Eyes". The song "Daylights Comin'" was featured in the second episode of the 2011 TV series Charlie's Angels. His second album, Verses, was released on March 9, 2010, and his latest album "Options" released on May 31, 2011.
Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998 by best friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. Despite their band name, Eagles of Death Metal is not a death metal band. The story goes that a friend was introducing Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the death metal genre, Homme then referred to Vader as "The Eagles of Death Metal". After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. With that, the band was born.