JEN SMITH Surf - roxy
Date of Birth: March 13, 1986
HOMETOWN: Pacific Beach, San Diego
FAV WAVE: Scorpion Bay
2011 ASP Women’s Longboard No. 3
1st place Costa Rica PLA Pro
ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion
Jen Smith can attribute her fun, laid-back style and commitment to surfing to her
upbringing. She was inspired by her father, a San Diegan surf fixture and skateboard
shop owner. Jen grew up biking to the La Jolla reefs after school, and spent all of her
free time surfing (and working at her dad’s skate shop).
By ten, she’d entered her first surf contest and made the final. “I was stoked and
hungry for more,” she recalls. She competed in as many events as she could and
found quick success, becoming the World Longboard Champ in 2007 and 2009.
Still, Jen finds just as much fulfillment in freesurfing. “I try to find a balance between
competing and staying happy, enjoying the everyday things in life. I’m a simple person
and I appreciate everything,” she says. “I have a great lifestyle. I can’t even count
all the countries I’ve been to on one hand. As a surfer, you’re always looking for new
moments, new waves and new spots. In that respect, I feel pretty good.
R OX Y. C O M /S URF
Ashton Spatz, Roxy PR Manager
Leigh Aidner, Starworks
4/18/12 12:00 PM