Abubo, Megan

Determined pro surfer from Haleiwa, Hawaii; world-ranked #2 in 2000. "Abubo looks soft but surfs hard," Surfer magazine said in 2000, noting that the Hawaiian regularfooter, then 22, was likely five or six years from her prime. Abubo was born (1978) in Connecticut, moved with her family to Hawaii, began surfing at age 10 in Waikiki, and won seven national titles as an amateur. She was the pro tour's rookie of the year in 1996, and in 2000 won two of nine world circuit events to finish runner-up to Australian Layne Beachley.

Abubo developed a reputation as both friendly and feisty. "What man-made object best represents your personality?" Surfer asked her in 1998. "What a stupid question!" she answered. Abudo faltered competitively after her second-place finish in 2000, placing eighth in 2001 and ninth in 2002. She rebounded in 2005, climbing to fourth, and capped off her career by winning the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in 2007, despite competing with fractured ribs.

Abubo stunt-doubled in the 2002 Universal film Blue Crush, and she raised eyebrows by posing in the nude (covering herself with a surfboard) for Rolling Stone's 2001 Sports Hall of Fame issue.