Ab Jordan

In his sophmore year on tour Jordy Smith enoyed dramatic improvement. He's a giant of a man, and sometimes struggles in small-ish, fickle conditions, but he has the ability to lay it all on the line (and recover -- he rode out of this back bender). He continues to develop and progress as a surfer and a competitor, which must frighten everybody else on tour. He has yet to win a World Tour stop, but you can bet he's going to be bringing it hard again this year. (Joli)