South Africa’s Jordy Smith will take on Jadson Andre (BRA) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in
his first competitive heat of the year when the 2021 WSL (World Surf League)
Championship Tour starts from Tuesday.
The 2021 edition gets underway with the 50th edition of the Billabong Pipe Masters on
Oahu, Hawaii and this is the first time that the iconic
Banzai Pipeline (usually a World Title-deciding venue) will play host to a
season opening event.
In an innovative new
Tour format, the
and women’s World Titles will be decided in a single-day
competition, where the top five men and top five women ranked during the CT
season will battle for their respective titles in a surf-off format at Lower
Trestles, USA in September. For Smith and his contemporaries, the journey to
that final starts in Hawaii.
Smith is no stranger
to Hawaiian shores, having taken third place at the prestigious event in 2018.
Smith was also in Hawaii earlier this year honing his backhand tube-riding
skills in preparation for the event before the world went into lockdown.
Upon returning to South Africa, he was only allowed to
get back to surfing when the country entered into lockdown level 2, but he was
able to spend a lot of time with family and recently welcomed baby boy, Ziggy,
with wife Lyndall.
When asked what he
was looking forward to most now that the world tour is resuming once again,
Smith said: “I’m looking forward
mostly to some level of normality again and getting back into peak condition.
My preparation was going well before lockdown and I would like to get back to
where I left off.”
– Red Bull