Like most pros today, Jordy is free-surfing in his favorite boardies and a plain cotton tee. Check out all the new O’Neill gear he’s rocking.
Vitals Hometown: Durban South Africa Nicknames: “Smitty” “SuperFreak” “J-Dog” Heroes: Shaun Thomson, Martin Potter Favorite Wave: New Pier, J-Bay, Snapper Girlfriend: Lyndall Jarvis -Supermodel Second Home: Newport Beach, Ca
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RVCA surf advocate, board shaper and Tomorrow’s Tulips band front-man Alex Knost has conceptualized and designed the second season of his signature apparel collection. He freesurfs around the world all year in search of inspiration for these custom tailored styles.
Enjoy as he expresses his style on a RVCA surf trip in Costa Rica
Alex Knost’s Spring 13 Line joins the elements of classic, vintage-inspired workwear, retro color combos and paisley prints for a feel that reflects his own wardrobe to a T. Alex has an affinity for secondhand charm, relaxed fit knits and muted color palettes that pop with brightness. Shop his RVCA looks here.
Keep an eye out for this coastal vagabond, as he can usually be seen in a very creepy taupe van, searching for a wedge on the outskirts of Newport Beach with his buddy Ford Archbold.
Masters of mod, Volcom celebrates the weird underworld of surfing’s craziest characters. They’ve launched a monthly web series profiling heavy moments in the lives of their team riders. Enjoy the pilot episode with Alex Gray of the South Bay.
Volcom’s team inspired apparel personifies those adrenaline junkies who live for heavy water, and give life hell. Check out all the strange brains styles from V-Co.
Double oop. 720. 540. Whatever you want to call it, Albee Layer has done it, becoming the first surfer ever to complete it and beating Julian Wilson in a footrace to the finish line. Outdoing Julian is no easy feat, especially when Red Bull throws a campaign geared towards J Dubs’ attempt at landing the elusive whirly bird alley oop rotation.
But as the money was thrown one way, the kids on Maui were hucking themselves into the wind in a more reckless fashion. Enjoi.
If you haven’t seen Albee Layer and Matt Meola’s entire web series “The Isle” yet then you have been missing out. The two aerial surfers and Innersection winners produce a new video every few months that is filled with innovative airs and classic outtakes. As you may know the trade winds blow in Maui nearly every day of the year, which makes for loftier airs and ultimately more time in the air. Even Greg Long has called Albee “The most exciting surfer in the world” for his skills on slabs and in the air.
While the pair have invented their own aerials in the past, this “Albee Oop” is deservedly at the top of the list. He spins a full rotation alley oop and proceeds to keep spinning another 180 degrees, landing with his tail towards the beach and rotating out with the motion. Incredibly difficult and unprecedented until now. SWELL would like to give a big congratulations to Albee and we can’t wait to see what he and Meola do next.
Hometown: Haiku, Maui, HI Age: 21 Sponsors:ERGO, Dakine, Xcel, Sanuk, Neighbor: Laird Hamilton Favorite Wave: Peahi (Jaws) Biggest paycheck: $100,000 for his winning Innersection part Random Fact: Has webbed feet.