When I was a kid growing up in Southern California during the late 70s and 80s, I had the opportunity to see and experience the early days of high performance surfing. Surfers on short boards were carving up the waves and redefining the sport with powerful bottom turns, lightning fast cutbacks and vertical off the lip smashes.
Then in the late 80s, surfing changed forever, yet again, when guys like Matt Archibald and Christian Fletcher started taking to the air.
Today, aerials are as much a part of surfing as thrusters and Sex Wax. And over the last 25 years, they have progressed to nearly a video game like level of ridiculousness.
Case in point… Jordy Smith, a pro surfer from South Africa, whipping out this epic aerial 360 with the grace of an eagle.
And for the sake of comparison, Jordy is 6’2″. I’m just sayin’… that’s some seriously big air!
Good work Jordy! I think you just raised the bar in freestyle surfing.
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