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.
A storm that originated in the South Pacific has created such a massive south swell that the greatest surfer ever Kelly Slater decided to skip one of the biggest surf contests in the world to surf the amazing waves that hit Fiji's world-famous Cloudbreak.