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Jordy Smith moved to the top of the ASP World Tour rankings with a victory in the Mr Price Pro in his home country of South Africa in July, 2010. Having officially become the world's new number one, the rankings finally reflected what many already thought. The 22-year-old shares a birthday with surfing legend Kelly Slater – and he looks set to be the sport’s new dominant force.

Smith established himself as one of the world’s best up-and-coming surfers in 2003 when he won the Quicksilver ISA World Junior Championships in his home town of Durban. In 2007 at the age of 19-year-old, Smith won the World Qualifying Series, the second tier tour, and has taken that form into the ASP World Tour, where he has established himself as one of the most daring, innovative and most flexible competitors – despite his 188cm (6ft 2in) frame.

In only his second year on the tour, Smith pulled a rodeo flip on a trip to Indonesia with the Red Bull surf team. The move is regarded as the most high performance manoeuvre ever executed on a wave. It seems surfing runs in the blood as well: Jordy’s sister Casey is South Africa’s top ranked female junior surfer.