Sinjin Smith Nickname: Sinjin Fullname: Christopher St. John (Sinjin) Smith Birthdate: May 7, 1957 Hometown: Santa Monica, CA Training Site: State Beach - Pacific Palisades, CA Height/Weight 6'3"/190 Years Pro: 21 College: UCLA
1991 Prize Money: $266,745 1990 Prize Money: $221,437 #1 on AVP Tour
Career Prize Money: $1,549,869 (#8 Overall) Career Open Wins: 139 (#2 Overall)
139 Career Open victories (2nd). $1,549,869 Career Beach Earning total Retired from playing in 2001.
17th - Jan 14-18 Argentina Mar del Plata with Ricci Luyties 2nd - Feb 06-08 Chile Vina del Mar with Ricci Luyties
Currently ranked 31st on the FIVB World Beach Tour. Fifth place at 1996 Olympics in Beach Volleyball with partner Carl Henkel. Played in first career open in 1977 with beach volleyball legend Ron Von Hagen. Won first Career Open at the 1977 Rosecrans Open with Mike Norman. FIVB World Beach Volleyball Council, Player Representative Former AVP President. Has won eight FIVB International Championships of Beach Volleyball, three World Championships, two Tournament of Champions, and two King of the Beach Invitationals. Reached the $1 million mark in career prize earnings during the 1992 season, becoming only the second player to reach that mark. Voted AVP "Best Defensive Player" 1990, 1991, 1992 Tied for most team wins in a season (16) with partner Randy Stoklos, set in 1987. Inducted into UCLA Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. The first volleyball player to receive this honor. Earned USVBA All-American honors twice (1983-84) Member of US National team 1979-1982. Led UCLA to two National Championships (1978, 1979). Earned All-American honors twice at UCLA (1978, 1979). Real name is Christopher St. John Smith. "Sinjin" is the Old English pronunciation of St. John. Learned sport at Sorrento Beach. Native of Santa Monica, California. Has been featured in more than 20 commercials. Appeared in several TV series, (including "Magnum PI"). Starred in the Tri-Star Pictures release "Side Out!". Co-Owner of Sideout Sport in Pasadena, CA. Part owner of Smither's Active Wear in Santa Monica, CA, 2525 Wilshire Blvd, with brother Andrew. (closed) Authored "Kings Of the Beach". Has Nintendo Video game under same title. Enjoys golf, tennis, surfing, and vacationing in Mexico. Owns and trains several race horses at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. Conducts numerous clinics and participates in several charities. Named to the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers of America. College jersey #22 retired March 4, 1992 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. He and his wife (Patty) have three boys.
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