Watch: Jordy Smith Got One The Best Pipe Waves Of His Life With A Broken Toe
‘The pain will be worse in my foot if I don’t go the waves I want’
Jordy Smith tore his LCL coming out the doggy door on the wave below. It was the 3rd of July 2021, a week out from the Olympics, and needless to say, surf fans were devastated when he announced his withdrawal. “Ever since I can remember I have loved watching the Olympics,” said Jordy on IG. “When surfing got into the games, and then to qualify was a dream come true. So it is with a heavy heart that today I have withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Tokyo. After a few weeks of sleepless nights I needed to face the reality that unfortunately my knee won’t be ready in time to compete at the highest level I need to win gold or medal. I plan on surfing at the highest level for many years to come and unfortunately waiting to do the surgery until after the Games was going to further jeopardize any chance of 100% recovery and potentially do further damage.”
In episode 6 of ‘Silver Linings’ Jordy returns to Hawaii to kick off his 15th year on tour only to break his toe the day before the event window started. This intel was not known to us, who were following CT injuries closely, and is probably a testament to Jordy’s stoicism and unflinching drive to come back year after year as a title threat. Jordy ended up going down in the Round of 16 at the Pipe Pro to an in-form Miggy Pupo, but not before getting jagging one of the waves of the event, a 9.73 (but really a 10) for a picture perfect 12-foot Pipe drainer.
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