Smith, Col (Newcastle)


Hard-charging Australian goofyfooter from Newcastle, New South Wales, described by two-time Pipeline Masters winner Rory Russell in 1977 as the "most underrated surfer in the world." At the end of that year, Smith, a world tour rookie, won the Pro Class Trials held at Sunset Beach, then finished seventh in the Pipeline Masters. He was labeled the "new" Col Smith, to distinguish him from Sydney's Col Smith—another Australian goofyfoot and the winner of the 1977 Australian National Titles.

Riding out of a functional low-slung stance, on channel-bottom boards that he made himself, Smith finished second in the Australian Titles in 1977, then won in 1978. He took out the 1978 Quiksilver Trials at Bells Beach, Australia, then quickly, mysteriously, faded from the pro scene.

Smith was featured in a small number of surf movies, including Fantasea (1978). He died of stomach cancer in 1986 at age 31.