Spontaneous do-or-die regularfoot surfer from Huntington Beach, California. Baxter began surfing in 1959 at age 11, near his home in Venice Beach, and moved to Hawaii at 20, during the first phase of the shortboard revolution. He was invited to the Expression Sessions events in 1970 and 1971, as well as the 1971 Duke Kahanamoku Classic, but earned his reputation by regularly throwing himself into hairiest places on waves during free-surf sessions at Pipeline and Sunset Beach. He moved back to California in 1974
Vardeman Surfboards introduced the Jackie Baxter signature model surfboard in 1967; Baxter appeared in a small number of surf movies, including The Natural Art (1969) and A Sea For Yourself (1972).
Josh Baxter, Jackie's son, became a professional longboarder in the mid-'90s. In 2009, Baxter was inducted to the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame.