Jordy Smith And The Best Lowers Session We've Ever Seen - Stab Mag

LIVE NOW: FINALS DAY OF STAB HIGH PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY

11 Views

Jordy Smith And The Best Lowers Session We’ve Ever Seen

No exaggeration. 

cinema // Nov 23, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Anger affects everyone differently. Some quietly seethe for years, allowing their inner turmoil to amass until one day they drive calmly to their local gunnery, display minimal forms of identification and qualification to buy an assault rifle, then go kill tens of people in a church/concert/school. Others more humanely perform regular installments of self-flagellation. But certain people, and these are the ones that scare me the most*, get explosively abusive.

Explosive anger is typically the worst kind to deal with, because it’s erratic and can physically or emotionally scar anyone in the vicinity of an outburst. Sometimes though, these combustible humans hold enough regard for life and law to direct their rage toward inanimate objects, like walls or car doors or… waves**.

Jordy Smith went to Europe leading the world title race. He left Portugal in third place with very, very slim odds of stealing the crown at Pipe. I’ll let him explain the rest: “After a disappointing Europe leg I came home really bummed out. The waves were firing a day or two later at Lowers and the one thing that’s always helped me get through disappointment is putting a lot of time in the water, so I posted up for Lowers the whole day and had a few epic surfs. I walked back up the trail that arvo feeling back on track and pumped for Hawaii.”

Let’s be real and assume that Jordy’s disappointment was probably a little closer to anger. Because what he did to Lowers that day was… wow. Explosively abusive. 

When I say this is the best single-day Lowers performance I’ve ever seen, I promise there is not even a touch of irony, deceit, or hyperbole in that statement. No one from memory has surfed it with such power, aggression, and control. Not Kelly, not John, not no one. This is fucking fantastic.

If I were to be half-critical, I’d say that Jordy could still work on his backhand. And I’m glad he had such a great session but this will not, I repeat will not help him at Pipe. The title is John’s or Gab’s and we all know it.  

Oh and what a fun song! 

*No point living in fear of terrorists. If lawmakers don’t want to amend America’s gun situation, then this is just how it’s gonna be. Maybe you’ll get unlucky and wind up in the line of fire, but you probably won’t, and it’s just a hindrance on your life to fear the possibility. 

**Are waves technically inanimate? Real question. 

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Dignity Before Dollars, Stale Fish No Wasabi

Concluding Finals Day at Stab High Japan pres by Monster Energy.

Jun 23, 2024

Meet The Kids Who Sent Stab High Into The Future

Snowboarders, test-tube wavepool spawn, and curators of the culture.

Jun 23, 2024

Full Replay: Finals Day At Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

The freshwater feud for Pro, Ladybird, and Bottle Rocket champion starts now.

Jun 22, 2024

Albee Layer Reluctantly Escapes Sudden-Death Round On Final Wave Of The Day, Advances to Day 2 of Stab High Japan 

“I just want to do my fucking wave, and then go home”

Jun 22, 2024

“Relax, It’s A Surf Contest In A Swimming Pool”

Our attempt at an unbiased comp wrap from afar, on Day One of Stab High…

Jun 22, 2024

Rasta Robb Gutter Stomps Backside Full-Rote, Scores a 3/50

Why wasn’t the reigning champ rewarded in heat 1 of Stab High Japan?

Jun 22, 2024

Full Replay: Day 1 of Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

Click to watch (or rewatch) today's Qualifier and Sudden Death rounds.

Jun 21, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About The Most ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ Wave in the Mentawais

Tips from longtime HTs devotee, Liam Turner.

Jun 21, 2024

“You’re An Elite Freesurfer, I’m Just A Vlogger, Surely You Can Take Me Out”

King of Waco calls out Aussie freesurfers on Stab High live stream.

Jun 21, 2024

Please Don’t Do A Superman At Stab High Japan, Presented By Monster Energy 

Breaking down the best and worst airs, according to the stats. 

Jun 20, 2024

355 Days Later, We Still Don’t Know What Elo Did In Brazil

But here's your 2024 Rio Pro preview.

Jun 20, 2024

JJF + Medina To Continue Rampages In Brazil?

12x CT event winner and previous SITD pilot Taj Burrow says 'yes'.

Jun 19, 2024

Allow Us To Introduce The YETI Ladybirds And Bottle Rockets Of Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

Here's our schoolyard pick for teams; who will win the most cred at the lunch…

Jun 17, 2024

Prediction: Moving The WSL Finals To Fiji Will Kill Off Two More Surfing Superstars

Is this JJF's time to collect his titles? We checked the stats.

Jun 17, 2024

Confirmed: Fiji To Host 2025 WSL Finals

Cloudbreak will remain on tour until 2026.

Jun 17, 2024

What’s The Secret To Powersurfing?

Taylor Knox, Kyuss King, and Jessi Miley-Dyer tackle a trio of questions in our third…

Jun 16, 2024

How To Win Stab High Japan, Presented By Monster Energy

A statistical analysis of the 493 airs attempted in previous chlorinated editions.

Jun 16, 2024

Watch: An Intimate Portrait Of The Wave, Village, And People At The End Of The Road

Oxbow’s ‘Children of Teahupo’o’ is playing exclusively on Stab Premium for the next two weeks. 

Jun 15, 2024
Advertisement
JUNE 22 & 23
-3 Days
22 Hours
20 Minutes
5 Seconds
Join Stab Premium