Date of Birth: March 13, 1986
Sponsors: Roxy, Donald Takayama, Sector 9, Fcs, Nixon
Current Residence: Pacific Beach, CA
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.
Its hard to pick just one favorite. I'm On Fire by Bruce Springstein is one of my faves... Sur La Planche by La Femme is a good surf song...
The Big Labowski, its so funny...
Favourite place to travel?
Baja California, Mexico for sure!
Its a scripture from Isaiah: Those who hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles.
San Diego, HOME SWEET HOME!
Favourite past time?
Surfing, Gardening, Cooking...
What / Who inspires you?
My whole family inspires me. They are all so unique and different. My friends and other surfers also inspire me too.
Who taught you to surf?
May Dad taught me to surf.
What is the best thing about surfing?
Surfing is a free form sport/art. There are no limitations, you can take any approach to riding waves that you feel like. Also that every surfer has their own style and identity through surfing. You can do the same manovers and tricks as someone else everyone looks different doing it.
What's your favourite trick?
I just learned to HANG HEELS and walk back out of it consistantly so that is my favourite move at the moment.
Who's your favourite surfer?
Skip Frye is my all time surf hero
What drives you to win in your sport?
Knowing that I have been at the top and that I'm still getting better at surfing drives me to win at the moment.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
One piece of advice I think about a lot is to remember the people you meet on the way up and treat them with respect because you will meet them on your way down and they will remember you and they way you treated them.
What is your best memory? Why?
Best recent memory... Catching my first wave on the first board I shaped myself. I was giggling all the way to the beach and not only because I was riding a board I had made myself but also because it really worked well!
If you could have one wish what would it be and why?
Right now, I wish I could have perfect head high to over head swell for days on end, barrels, long walls, the perfect board for the conditions and no sunburns even though I would be surfing all day for days... Ha... dreamy!
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep taking things as they come, keep shaping surfboards, stay fit and active, I would like to win another longboard world title (maybe on something I shape), if I can find the motivation and manage my time right I would love to open a surfy coffee shop that serves healthy food as well, its kind of a dream of mine.