When it comes to riding giants, big wave surfer Kurt Rist is no stranger to the gladiator sport. But how does one of North America's most promising big wave athletes hail from Southampton, New York, a place most known for wealth and luxury over anything else -- certainly not surfing.
While most people suffer the occasional big wave, open ocean nightmare here and there, surfers like Mark Healey dedicate their lives to hunting down the biggest, heaviest waves in the world to score the ride of a lifetime.
With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks.
While estimates of the number of surfers world wide vary wildly, there are a select few that, for one reason or another, have left an indelible mark on surfing. From the Duke to Gidget, this is a list of a 10 of surfing's most influential people.
I've met enough dedicated surfers who are absolute jerks to know that surfing alone cannot save humanity. However, after spending nearly 15 years immersed in the sport, I believe elements of surfing have the potential to ground human beings in a uniquely meaningful way.
If you're an avid fan of surfing, you know about Greg Noll. I connected with Noll's son Jed for an extensive interview, covering everything from his early days shaping surfboards to the beginnings of his beautiful surf shop.