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Famous Surfer Profiles

Famous surfer profiles are always fun to read since surfers come in all styles and personalities. So who are the greatest surfers or the most bizarre human beings? Who rips and who regularly kooks out? Meet every surfer from the Duke and Da Cat to Occy and Slater and beyond.
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Surf Music Review - Beck's Morning Phase
Travel back to the 90’s and you can see a clear line drawn between the pre-Beck and post Beck eras. While the release of Loser (the song and its video) was described as a musical “moon landing” in terms of its effect on alternative music and perfect epitomizing of the fragmented and ironic sensibility and worldview of Generation X, his deeper cuts were showing a sincere and natural melding of traditional folk and Delta blues with punk and rap.

Surfer Profile - Lisa Anderson
Blending equal parts feminine beauty and animal aggression, Lisa Anderson shattered the surfer-chick mold and reached iconic status by single-handedly changing our perception of women who ride waves.

Shaper - Ashley Lloyd Thompson
Surfboard shapers are generally a salty bunch of guys. They work in cramped sheds, breath in shreds of blank foam, and never seem to have your board ready when you want it. Ashley Lloyd-Thompson is different, at least, in the fact that she isn't a guy. Learn about the world's only female surfboard shaper.

Jack Johnson - Surf Music Biography
Pro surfer, film maker, and #1 selling musician who grew up on the beach at Pipeline - Jack Johnson, we get it, you're awesome.

Interview with Dennis Dragon of the Surf Punks
Punk rock dirt balls the Surf Punks epitomized the grimy underbelly of the southern California surf scene in the 1970's and 80's. Check out my interview with Surf Punks co-founder and drummer Dennis Dragon.

Interview with Dennis Dragon of the Surf Punks (Part 2)
Dennis Dragon, co-founder and drummer for the infamous Surf Punks, has worked in every aspect of the music industry from writing, performing, engineering, and producing. Here's my interview with the enigmatic and energetic Dragon in which he seems to be the same dude from the 80's punk band but with a lot more perspective.

Band Review - Sublime
No band epitomized the 1990's surf sound like Sublime and that's for real.

Band Review - Surf Punks
The Surf Punks made surfing sound both stupid and dangerous. But it also sounded like a whole lot of fun when put to an infectious pop-punk rhythm. Come with me back to the early 80's and meet the mutant Beach Boys.

Shaun Tomson's The Code - Book Review
World Champion and all-around smooth operator, Shaun Tomson has written a new book called The Code that illustrates the power of positive thinking and acting through tales of surfing and tragedy. Check out the review.

Surfing's Greatest Rivalries: Miki Dora Versus the World
Miki Dora was a soldier in the battle for surfing's soul. The question is whether he was saving it or selling his own.

Pete Hodgson - For the Sake of Hugh Manatee

Maya Gabreia - Profile

Mark Occhilupo Versus Tommy Curren

Surfing's Greatest Rivalries - Slater Versus Irons

Pete Hodgson - Interview - For the Sake of hugh Manatee

Interview with Musician Jason Castro
Many remember Jason Castro looking super relaxed and mellow behind an acoustic guitar and a curtain of dreadlocks and decidedly out of place on season 7 of American Idol. But soon, you'll know him starring in a surf themed TV movie with Eric Roberts. Check out my interview.

Interview with Musician Jason Castro (Part Two)
Many remember Jason Castro looking super relaxed and mellow behind an acoustic guitar and a curtain of dreadlocks and decidedly out of place on season 7 of American Idol. But soon, you'll know him starring in a surf themed TV movie with Eric Roberts. Check out my interview.

Alana Blanchard
Surfer, model Alana Blanchard has etched out a new path for the modern professional female surfer. With both talent and looks, the Kauai-based ripper has backed up every bikini shoot with a win against the world's best young surfers.

Gerry Lopez - Biography
Gerry Lopez set the standard for tube riding in the 1970's and is still shaping innovative surfboard designs well into his 60's. Find out how "Mr. Pipeline" earned his name.

Michel Bourez
Forceful and smooth, Michel Bourez is proving that you can succeed in modern surfing with just power and talent. Leave tactics and fireworks to the kids. Michel Bourez rips hard and rides the barrel deep. That's it. No fluff. Is that why they call him Spartan?

Interview with Scott Bass
The Surfing Heritage Culture Center announced that The Surf Riders of Hawaii, an exclusive historical piece of surf history, will be one of the hallmark items in the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction, May 11, 2013 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, California. Presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection. I spoke with the event's ...

Interview with Scott Bass (Part 2)
The Surfing Heritage Culture Center announced that The Surf Riders of Hawaii, an exclusive historical piece of surf history, will be one of the hallmark items in the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction, May 11, 2013 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, California. Presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection. I spoke with the event's ...

George Freeth - Biography
George Freeth was the world's first professional surfer. According to history, he was the third person to go surfing in California EVER (the first in Southern California), and yet few folks know the true story of this short lived surfing icon.

Joel Parkinson - Biography
Joel Parkinson is a surfer's surfer. His approach drips with style. However, ASP judges don't recognize style as we know it. The argument is that style is a subjective concept that cannot be defined numerically. But if style was a factor, Joel “Parko” Parkinson should have world champ years ago.

What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer?
What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer? It's not all barrels, babes, and beer. Today, pro surfing is covered by ESPN and sponsored by Target. While the waves remain the same, the sport has changed. Being a pro surfer is a job. Learn more...

Tom Carroll - Surfer
Tom Carroll was the epitome of power surfing in the 1980's. Short, thick, and strong; Carroll became the world's first goofy-foot world champion.

How to Become a Pro Surfer
Think you have what it takes to become a pro surfer? Then you better get to work early. New surfers are being born every second and the level of surfing is improving exponentially with each insane video clip posted on Youtube. Find out what it takes.

How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make?
How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make? Since surfers negotiate individual salaries and their other income is so diverse, the industry has been notoriously mum on the issue. So let's delve into the fiduciary side of surfing and see if we can figure out if pro surfing is the career for you.

Sebastian Zietz - Biography
Fast, radical, and packed with positive mojo, professional surfer Sebastian Zietz hails from Kauai, Hawaii and is poised to make waves on the professional surfing circuit.

Kanoa Igarashi
The next Kelly Slater, super freak, surfing prodigy: these are just a few descriptions adorned by the media on a teenage surfer from Huntington Beach, California. His name is Kanoa Igarashi and he's just kid who gets good grades, speaks two languages, and loves to ride waves.

Interview with Kanoa Igarashi - Pro Surfing Prodigy
Kanoa Igarashi is one of the most promising American surfers on the amateur scene. But his contest results and his impressive video segments are just part of his story. Already travel tested and fiercely competitive, Igarashi is also a well spoken kid who excels in school

Kanoa Igarashi - Interview (Part 2)
Kanoa Igarashi is one of the most promising American surfers on the amateur scene. But his contest results and his impressive video segments are just part of his story. Already travel tested and fiercely competitive, Igarashi is also a well spoken kid who excels in school

Tom Curren - Interview
I interviewed world champion surfer Tom Curren about his new album, Summerland Road. He talked about his creative process and musical influences in his own unique way.

Tom Curren - Interview (Part 2)
I interviewed world champion surfer Tom Curren about his new album, Summerland Road. He talked about his creative process and musical influences in his own unique way. Here is part 2 of the interview.

Greg Long - Professional Big Wave Surfer
Greg Long is no ordinary professional surfer. The Californian regular foot makes his money the hard way: he paddles into the biggest waves the world has to offer. Learn more about one of surfing's most daring and ambitious athletes.

Review - Tom Curren's new EP Summerland Road
While it’s pretty hard to separate Tom Curren from his surfing legacy, his new collection of songs - Summerland Road - is worthy of standing alone on its own merits with no help from the ocean although we know they wouldn’t exist without it. Read my review.

Interview with Frosty Hesson (Part 1)
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.

Interview with Frosty Hesson (Part 2)
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.

Interview with Frosty Hesson (Part 3)
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.

Interview with Frosty Hesson (Part 4)
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.

Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time
Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time? Who would you pick? Do you agree with my list? If not, let me know.

Pro Surfer and Musician - Donovan Frankenreiter
Pro Surfer and Musician Donovan Frankenreiter helped re-vision what is means to be a pro surfer. Mixing radical performance with retro equipment and creating his own soulful soundtrack along the way.

Bernard "Midget" Farrelly - Professional Surfer
bernard "Midget" Farrelly was a smooth regular footer from Sydney, Australia who became the first official world surfing champion. Farrelly won the Makaha International as well as several Austraian titles. He captivated his surf-stoked home country, and the 5’8” “Midget” became a superstar.

Josh Kerr - Professional Surfer - Biography
Professional surfer Josh Kerr is known for his aerial flips and tail wafts. Once considered too radical for prime time, Kerr is now a WCT soldier with a signature film, heavy monetary endorsements, and a shot at the world title. He is the trailblazing innovator of his own maneuver, the Kerr-upt flip, and a two-time Airshow World Champ.

Taj Burrow
Australian pro surfer Taj Burrow has been chasing competitive surfing’s most coveted prize for more than a decade. With phenomenal talent, Burrow's surfing is insane and raw and futuristic, and he is looking for a world title win before his time runs out/

Mick Fanning - Australian Pro Surfer
Mick Fanning is one of pro surfing's most radical talents. Hailing from Australia;s Gold Coast, Mick's surfing is blindingly fast and precise, earning him two world titles and the name "White Lightning". Learn more about Mick Fanning.

Mike Stewart
Is Mike Stewart the best surfer of all time? This article may make even the most passionate sponge haters realize that good wave riding is eternal. Don't believe me? Read on.

Clyde Aikau
Clyde Aikau is one of surfing's great names. In terms of performance and lineage, Clyde Aikau stands as a link from Hawaiian pro surfing's past and modern big wave surfing's future.

Mark Healy
Mark Healy is rediscovering the essence of big wave riding and redefining the boundaries of the rideable realm as he travels the world getting massive drops and barrels peppered with with some horrendous wipeouts. Learn more about surfing's soulful daredevil

Dave Rasta Rastovich
Professional surfer Dave Rasta Rastovich has trodden a unique path free from contest constraints and a judges' discerning eyes. Instead, he embarked on a simple world-wide campaign to play a little music, ride the greatest waves and save the world.

Miguel Pupo
Another addition to the Brazilian attack force that has blown open the modern professional tour, Miguel Pupo is yet another shredding goofy footer from South America. Read more...

Stephanie Gilmore Professional Surfer
Stephanie Gilmore grew up in New South Wales, Australia. The long, winding point walls of Snapper Rocks became a canvas for her art where she developed her surfing, looking to Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson for inspiration.

Adriano de Souza
Adriano de Souza is one the ASP tour's most consistent and exciting surfers. His speed and consistency have made him a top-10 surfer for the last 4 years. Hailing from Brazil where pro surfers are treated like rock stars, Adriano de Souza is poised to be Brazil's great hope for a world championship in the near future.

Gabriel Medina
Brazilian professional surfer, Gabriel Medina, came from nowhere to finish his rookie year in the top 12 of the ASP World Tour at the age of 17. Lightening fast and infinitely creative, Medina has put the old guard on notice. Learn more...

Mark Richards
Mark Richards was the untouchable record holder of professional surfing before Kelly Slater was even a blip on the radar. With four world titles and an unorthodox style, MR was surfing's first super star competitor.

Sunny Garcia
Hawaiian pro surfer Sunny Garcia not only broke the mold, he smashed it when it came to 1980's performance surfing. Big turns in big waves in a big way: that was Sunny Garcia. No limits and no surrender. Read about Sunny Garcia.

Brett Simpson
Brett Simpson is a pro surfer from Huntington Beach, California. Known for aerials and big home town contest wins that garnered worldwide attention, Brett Simpson has made the move from Huntington to the world.

Owen Wright
Arguably one the most progressive surfers in the world, Owen Wright is carving a name for himself all around the world from Jeffrey's Bay to Teahupo to Pipeline. A radical surfer with an interesting life, Owen Wright has the "Wright" stuff.

Fred Hemmings
Fred Hemmings did more for the sport of surfing than almost any individual in history. His steadfast approach to surfing big waves served him well as a trail blazing contest organizer and eventually as a Republican senator. Read on...

John Florence
John Florence is one of the best surfers to ever come out of Sunset Beach, Hawaii, and that's saying a lot. Competitor, free surfer, and all around superstar; Florence's future looks bright. Learn more...

Nat Young
Nat Young blew the lid off longboard surfing to win the world title in San Diego, 1966. Nat then moved to shorter and shorter surfboards, setting off the "shortboard Revolution" before hopping back on a longboard and winning multiple titles. Learn more about Nat Young.

C.J. Hobgood
C.J. Hobgood is a surfing athlete who rips in heavy waves. That’s the deal. Big bottom turns, insane barrel navigation system, and a seemingly endless bag of aerial lip tricks makes him famous and nothing but bad news for any surfer who draws him in a heat.

Bede Durbidge
Bede Durbidge is a power-packed regular foot surfer from Australia. His style is classic, modern, and determined. Bede is definite contender for the world title for many tears to come.

Adriano De Souza
Adriano De Souza is Brazil's hottest and most famous surfing export. Fast and radical, Adriano De Souza is a solid presence on the pro tour and putting the heat on the best pro surfers in the world.Famous Surfing Athlete Adriano De Souza is here to shake up the surf world. Read more...

Tom Curren
Tom Curren was a a shy, quiet surfer who in 1980 began a journey that would leave behind echoes across the chasm of surfing culture that are still felt today. Tom Curren ruled competition and saved American surfing. Read more...

Dane Reynolds
Famous pro surfer Dane Reynolds has planted his flag somewhere between the most radical free surfer on the planet and a talent machine worthy of a world title. Read more...

Andy Irons
Andy Irons is a surfer with a style tailor-made for success in all conditions. Loose and radical in 2-20 feet with no fear and a mind's eye for innovation, Andy Irons has become famous as the only surfer in history to consistently put Kelly Slater on his heels. Read More...

Mick Fanning
Pro surfer Mick Fanning is famous for his lightning quick turns and insane savvy in the tube. But what else lies behind the blonde hair and razor sharp surfing? Read more...

Taj Burrow Gallery Profile
See photos of famous pro surfer Taj Burrow in this surfing photo profile. What makes Taj Burrow so dangerous in a heat and radical in the water? See action photos of Tak Burrow.

Joel Parkinson
Razor sharp and smooth as silk, Joel Parkinson is one of the hottest surfers on the planet. Learn more about Joel Parkinson.

Tom Blake
Tom Blake: surfer, board innovator, and waterman. Find how he figures into the history of surfing.

Garrett Lisi: Dropping in and Dropping Science
This science guy is psycho for surfing and kite boarding and whittles away his days riding perfect waves in Maui (when not scribbling cryptographic mathematical renderings). I was stoked to get a chance to ask Garret few questions about his life, surfing and, well, “everything.”

Kelly Slater
When your discussion turns to the greatest surfers of the century, chances are this guy will be a hot topic.

Interview with Master Surf Instructor Lou Maresca
Want to get a job as a surf instructor? You better check out my interview with master surf instructor Lou Maresca first. He has decades of experience in both surf instruction and surf school ownership and offers tips to be an effective surf teacher.

Duke Kahanamoku
The father of surfing as we know it.

Interview with Master Surf Instructor Lou Maresca - Part 2
Want to get a job as a surf instructor? You better check out my interview with master surf instructor Lou Maresca first. He has decades of experience in both surf instruction and surf school ownership and offers tips to be an effective surf teacher.

Lakey Peterson - Surfer - Interview (Part 1)
Lakey Peterson is following in the tradition of her family. For some that is dubious, but for Lakey, it means competing to win and giving back to the world. Read her interview.

Lakey Peterson - Pro Surfer - Interview (Part 2)
Lakey Peterson - Pro Surfer - Interview (Part 2)

Kelly Slater: Past, Present, Future
Kelly Slater has risen to God-like status in competetitive surfing, but is his moment about to pass?

Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater

Interview with Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards
Lost among the many boat yards and trailer homes of Ft. Pierce and secured behind a chain link fence amid the pungent stench of fresh resin exists the nerve center of a surfboard company that has been quietly churning out state of the art equipment and epitomizing the surfing lifestyle for decades.

Miki Dora
Surfer Profile of Miki Dora, Da Cat: Rebel for sake of rebellion, manic treasure seeker, adventurer, thief, and eternal wave riding stylist.

Julian Wilson
Julian Wilson is a progressive surfer.

Jordy Smith
When it comes to surfers who have the total package - airs, carves, power, and style - South Africa's Jordy Smith is prime real estate. The dude who was the "next big thing" for years finally is the "big thing."

Taylor Knox
Taylor Knox has proven himself a man amongst boys with a surfing career that has defied the odds in terms of longevity. His power and style have defined his legacy and solidified his legend.

Taylor Knox
Taylor Knox has proven himself a man amongst boys with a surfing career that has defied the odds in terms of longevity. His power and style have defined his legacy and solidified his legend.

Simon Anderson
This Aussie is the one to thank when you start doing turns on that three-fin surfboard. It doesn't matter what you start on, but you will probably end up on a thruster.

Jeremy Flores
Jeremy Flores

Legendary Surfers
This site is growing constantly. It's a great resource for anyone who who wasn't there when surfing was great and a way for those who were to re-live those days.

Professional Surfer Kolohe Andino
Kolohe Andino is a straight-up surf sensation hailing from San Clemente, California. He is a blond haired regular foot who has repaved the path to professional surfing. Read more...

Ken Bradshaw
A little hefty on the testosterone, but I think that's a prerequisite for riding 50-foot waves.

Cory Lopez
Cory Lopez is a surfer's surfer with no shortage of guts, style, power, and creativity. His surfing is full of excitement and his career has been nothing if not solid. A goofy foot who famously dropped into the heaviest wave ever ridden in 1999 at Tahiti's feared Teahupo, Lopez erased ideas that he was a Florida small wave ripper and has since...

Interview with Zach Weisberg of The Inertia
Zach Weisberg, former editor of Surfer Magazine, now helms The Inertia which has become the Internet's surf media democracy where pro surfers and Joe surfers share their voices. The Inertia has unveiled a series of surfing documentaries that promise to entertain and thrill surfers and non-surfers alike. I had the chance to interview Zach.

Donavan Frankenreiter
Soulman, musician, smooth-surfing-stylist, Donavan is a retro-original.

Jamie O'brien
Good God! To see this guy surf live is downright bizare. Pictures and videos give him no justice. O'brien is the future.

Surf Music Review - Dick Dale
Dick Dale is the King of the Surf Guitar. There is no debate there. His signature sound has been the soundtrack to surfing since the late 50's and has stood the test of time.

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