Jordy Smith, pre-football kicker, Portugal
Surf promoters sure do know how to treat visitors to the national culture in Portugal. While in the mix of some lay days at the Rip Curl Pro, the contest’s organisers booked front row seats at the World Cup Football qualifier match between Portugal and Israel (it was a 1-1 tie, so Portugal have gotta […]
Surf promoters sure do know how to treat visitors to the national culture in Portugal. While in the mix of some lay days at the Rip Curl Pro, the contest’s organisers booked front row seats at the World Cup Football qualifier match between Portugal and Israel (it was a 1-1 tie, so Portugal have gotta go throughout playoffs now. Bummer.) Unsurprisingly, it was a wild night. “Straight from the beach to the chartered bus and onto Lisbon,” says photog Ryan Miller, who was lucky enough to tag along. “What a night. Football in Europe is about the most exciting sporting event you can go to, anywhere. Jordy here was an aspiring football player in South Africa before he committed fulltime to surfing. The guy gets so fired up to watch a good football match and actually knows the subtleties of the sport. Here, he’s trying to squeeze in one last wave before heading to the game.”
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