Surfer Jordy Smith’s travel essentials
When asked about his travelling rituals Jordy recommends, “get to the airport early so it’s not too stressful. Listen to music, try do some stretching so I don’t get too stiff then, when I get off the plane, I try get into the water and climatise a bit so I’m refreshed and ready to compete.”
Pro surfer, Jordy Smith is currently ranked 1st in South Africa and top 10 in the world - having finished in the top 5 in 2017.
Besides travelling the world for the best surf competitions and in search of the gnarliest surf spots on Earth, he is also a partner in local bar, Surfa Rosa in Harrington Street. The 30-year-old is married to model Lyndall Jarvis and the couple split their time between San Clemente, California and Cape Town - when Jordy’s not busy competing.
Jordy never goes anywhere without a few surfboards, “anywhere from 7-14 depending on where I’m going and for how long. I’ve brought around 10+ to Europe now.”
He shares his essential checklist of items he cannot go anywhere without:
- Muzik headphones
- Hard drive
- Apple laptop.
“Headphones, definitely, when I fly I listen to a lot of music... which leads me to my laptop and hard drive”.
Jordy says he always packs Red Bull, “I need one after a long flight to perk me up. Sometimes you’re landing early hours of the morning or need to get back out there and surf after a long flight.”
The rest of his bag is filled with items quite specific to a professional surfer:
For someone who is constantly in the water whether he’s free-surfing or in competition, he also cannot go without what he calls his “ear stuff” - mixture of rubbing alcohol and vinegar, “to get the water out of my ears when I surf.”
And then of course, there are his sunglasses “because I travel to a lot of sunny tropical places”.
Lastly, he won’t leave home without his SA flag! “I fold it up and it goes everywhere with me, it’s like taking a piece of home with me everywhere I go.”