Surfing is back at the X Games, and Jordy Smith can now boast the first X Games gold medal, which he scooped up in the Real Surf competition last month. The South African surfer captured the best footage and beat 7 other pro surfers for the $50,000 prize: Matt Meola, Josh Kerr, Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Chippa Wilson, Dion Agius, and Albee Layer.
To mark the global expansion of the 2013 X Games, surfing was added to the X Games, along with two other disciplines. Real Surf made its first splash last month, April 2nd, as part of X Games Foz do Iguaçu. Employing the all-video Real Series format, featured in tandem with each on-site action sports competition, the X Games will stage three new international events — Foz do Iguaçu, Munich and Barcelona.
The winner was decided by a panel of surf industry experts who evaluated the best 60-second video edits. “Real Surf is a great opportunity to take the concept of ‘best surfers in the best waves’ to the logical extreme,” says surf journalist and XGames.com Surf Editor Jake Howard. “Allowing the surfers to go out, surf their favorite waves and put together a video edit they’re proud of showcases their talents to the fullest. Rather than leaving a winner up to chance, or the whims of the ocean by being limited to whatever waves show up in a 30-minute heat.”
Jordy beat Chippa Wilson in round one, then Josh Kerr in round two, and finally, Gabriel Medina in the last round. “Most of my video was filmed in Africa, in Mozambique. My girlfriend Lyndall told me about this spot and I never believed her at first. I was like, ‘Yeah yeah, babe, just another little wave…,’” explains Jordy. “She ended up taking me there and I scored some of the best waves I’ve had in the last ten years, so I dedicate this one to her. All my family, friends and sponsors have been a massive help, as well. I’m over the moon.”
Judges Taylor Steele, Kai Neville, Brad Gerlach and Chris Cote delivered the silver and bronze medals to Chippa Wilson and Dion Agius, respectively. Gabriel Medina was voted the best Real Surf video by the surfing fans.
Congrats to Jordy on his win! Check out some of the awesome footage above.