Jordy Smith: Being a ‘Rad’ Dad

Jordy Smith: Being a ‘Rad’ Dad
Professional Surfer & Red Bull athlete Jordy Smith

The life of a pro surfer is full of travel & adventure, add a baby to the mix & life becomes a bit more wavy!

Ahead of Father’s Day – Sunday 20thProfessional Surfer & Red Bull athlete Jordy Smith,  explores what fatherhood has meant for him, what lessons has he leant & offers some advice as he continues on the journey of parenthood.

Below in the form of a short Q&A, is what the surfer had to say:

What lessons have you learned from your dad regarding fatherhood?

I have a newfound respect for my dad and how he brought me up. It’s such a selfless job and he always put me first. I’m learning how patient he was. I believe I’m a good person and have good traits thanks to my parents, so I have been thinking about what they did to instil those good traits in me. 

What lessons have you learned as a dad that you will be passing on to little Ziggy?

One of the biggest things I’m learning as a dad is that nothing else is as important as me being there for my son and putting in time with him. This is cheesy but they say kids spell love as time. I want him to know that putting in time with people that are important in his life is the most important things he can do.

You have interests in multiple businesses, do you find being in business with family easier?

My dad and I have a surfboard company together, it’s a dream but does come with challenges. The important lesson has been, what’s best for the business, not just myself? My dad built an incredible surfboard business without me and I try to make sure I’m always respectful of that and that I’m adding value to what he’s built, not trying to change it or think my way is the only way.

Being a father yourself, what advice would you give to first-time dads?

My best advice for first time dads is, it gets easier. There’s going to be times when you’re at your wits end, stressed out and don’t know what to do. This passes and once you’re past that initial 3 months, it just gets better by the day. And, probably more important, support your wife and be there when she needs you. What I’ve seen my wife do as a new mom is amazing, they’re superhuman and it’s the best.