Taylor Knox was born May 15, 1971 in Thousand Oaks, California and currently lives in Carlsbad, California.
Learning to surf at 8 years old, Taylor Knox would go on to become one of America's most successful professional surfers with a longevity seldom seen in the sport. As a teenager, Knox underwent back surgey to correct a serious skateboard injury. The injury threatened not only to end his surfing life but also to possibly paralyze him. Instead of paralysis, Taylor Knox became a competitive work horse who wouldn't wow the amateaur scene but would instead power through with determination on to the professional ranks.
At the 1990 World Amateur Championships held in Japan, Knox finished fourth ahead of future legend Kelly Slater. That was essentially his coming out party.
Knox began competing on the ASP tour,1993. In 1997, Knox won the K2 Big Wave Challenge, earning $50,000 for catching the largest wave. By 2009, he had competed for 16 seasons, peaking at 4th place in 2001. By 2009, he was ranking in the top 16 with career earnings topping $846,000.
Style and Soul:
Taylor Knox is a regular foot (left foot forward) who has brought back the power surfing that defined the eighties approach of Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, and Martin Potter. To watch Knox systematically shred apart big waves like Sunset Beach or mechanical points like Jefferey's Bay is pure poetry. His participation in the "Momentum" movement of new school surfing solidified his presence amongst the world's best surfers, but his professional performances against the new progressive surfers show just how classic his style is.