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.
The script for the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco probably didn't go down the way Kelly Slater pictured it. Still, if you were a fan of surfing wanted to see the world's best surfers, chances are you weren't disappointed.
Kelly Slater further cemented his status as the greatest surfer ever by winning his unprecedented 11th ASP World Title in San Francisco, defeating Australian Dan Ross in a thrilling round three heat of the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.