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Jordy Turansky finds joy in surfing remote, sketchy reef breaks that want to kill you.
They make them tough in the Nulla.
Born and raised in The Shire, Jordy Turansky is a face you’ll find in the lineup during brooding South swells that light up several of Sydney’s heavy-water reef breaks.
Jords, like most 2020 High School graduates, was pretty heavily stitched up by the Rona situation that curbed enthusiasms of leaving Oz and trotting the globe. Jords took it in his stride and chipped away at his carpentry apprenticeship between hunting his backyard for slabs.
“We went down to the desert in South Oz, Shippies, and then shot some of the big swells at home. Everything we shot is from the past six months,” says a chirpy Jords after walking off the job site for the day. “South Oz was pretty incredible. We drove 14 hours, set up our swags, and pretty much scored straight away. It’s like you’re on the edge of the earth down there. Best waves I’ve ever surfed, mechanical point breaks where you can get tubed and then do five or more turns.”
“Deeper in the desert was gnarly. I fell on one and got pinned against the bottom. It mangled my board pretty bad, looked like someone had taken an axe to the underside. I was pretty lucky though, one of the local crew fell off on a little one and got his arm stuck in a crevasse which ripped his collarbone straight out. Nearest hospital was three hours away,” says Jordy nonchalantly.
What’s next for Jords?
“I love surfing big waves. I’ll do a couple of the upcoming Pro Juniors and QS’s, but to be honest, I’d mostly really like to keep having a crack at the bigger slabs around Oz – I think this past year has made me realise that.”
“I’ll also finish my apprenticeship,” he adds genially.
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