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Statuesque big-wave surfer from Haiku, Maui; a “certified badass” according to SURFER Magazine; called “the world’s best female big-wave surfer” by Surfline in 2015. Alms was born (1988) in British Columbia, and moved to Maui with her family at age nine. A year later she began surfing regularly in the wind-whipped breaks near Ho’okipa. Alms took to big-waves quickly, cutting her... Read More
Fearless wave-rider from Cape Town, South Africa; world-ranked #15 in 1976. “An awesome surfer,” journalist Derek Hynd said of Paarman in 1989. “He is to the beastly waves of Cape Town what [Hawaii’s] Barry Kanaiaupuni is to Sunset Beach.” Paarman was born (1954) and raised in Cape Town, one of five brothers and the son of a commercial fisherman, and began surfing at age 10. Older brother Donald Paarman wa... Read More
Mainland America’s first major surfing competition, held sporadically in Southern California between 1928 and 1941. The debut Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships (PCSRC) took place at Corona del Mar, next to a seawall that would soon be built into the southern arm of Newport Harbor. The event was organized in part by pioneering California surfer Tom Blake, under the auspices of the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club. It was a one-day co... Read More
Home-building company located in south Los Angeles; producer of the Swastika model surfboard in the 1930s, the sport’s first commercially made board. Pacific System Ready-Cut Homes (as it was originally known), founded in 1908, made a line of prefab houses that were delivered and assembled on-site by company workers. In 1929, Meyers Butte, the college-age son of one of the Pacific System Homes cofounders, persuaded the company to build a... Read More
Exquisite left-breaking reef wave located in Bali, Indonesia; an emerald-green tropical tube described by photographer Aaron Chang as a “rare, treasured and magical spot.” Padang is often called “the Balinese Pipeline.” Richard Harvey, 1973 Australian national champion, is credited as the first person to ride Padang, in August 1973. Harvey picked his way down the rocky coast by himself one morning from nearby Ulu... Read More
Cheerful, fitness-minded goofyfooter from Florianópolis, Brazil; world-ranked #8 in 1994, and one of his country’s first internationally recognized surfers. Padaratz was born (1971) in the landlocked town of Blumenau, near Florianópolis, began surfing at age 12, was a semifinalist in the juniors division of both the 1986 and 1988 World Amateur Surfing Championships, and turned pro in 1988, along with just-crowned men’s world ama... Read More
Volatile pro surfer from Florianópolis, Brazil; world-ranked #13 in 1997, and described by Surfer magazine in 2000 as “the first legitimate world-title contender from Brazil.” Percy “Neco” Padaratz, younger and wilder brother of world tour pro stalwart Flavio Padaratz, was born (1976) in Blumenau, Brazil, began surfing at age nine, and turned pro in 1995 at 18. A broken ankle kept him out of the water for thr... Read More
Entertaining gravel-voiced pro surfer from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia; winner of the 1988 Pipeline Masters. Page was born (1967) and raised in Sydney, and began surfing at age nine. Four years later he moved with his mother into a rough Wollongong public housing development; he later cheerfully described his family as “the trash of the trash.” The rapid-fire banter that earned Page a reputation as the funniest man in pr... Read More
Affluent hill-covered peninsula located in southwest Los Angeles County; home to more than a dozen surf breaks, including Palos Verdes Cove and Lunada Bay. The cliff-lined Cove, with its four distinct reefbreaks, was first ridden in 1929, and quickly became a favorite among prewar American surfers like Hoppy Swarts, Doc Ball, Bud Morrissey, and Tulie Clark. The Cove was sometimes called “California’s Little Waikiki” fo... Read More
All-male California surfing club cofounded in 1935 by John “Doc” Ball, dentist and surf photographer, and Adolph Bayer; the second such club in mainland America, following the short-lived Corona del Mar Surfboard Club, formed in the late ’20s. Bayer wanted to name the group the Cove Paddleboard Riders Fraternity, but Ball demurred—as a USC student he’d had his fill of fraternities—and countered with Palos Verdes S... Read More
Energetic surfer-retailer-contest director from Narragansett, Rhode Island. Born Peter Panagiotis (1950) in New York, New York, Pan moved with his family to Narragansett as a child and, although he never learned to swim, began surfing at age 13. He started competing in 1967 and has over the decades amassed hundreds of regional titles, while entering every possible division, including longboard, bodyboard, shortboard, and kneeboard. Pan ... Read More
Thoughtful, hard-charging Hawaiian surfer and surfboard shaper from the North Shore of Oahu. “With his feverish excitement at the approach of every new swell,” writer Tim Baker said of Pang in 1997, “his religious fitness regime, and his deep knowledge on any surf-related topic, Dennis simply oozes surf stoke.” Pang was born (1953) and raised in Honolulu, the son of a Waikiki surfer and beachboy, and learned to s... Read More
Domineering New Zealand surfer and surfboard shaper from Takapuna Beach, New Zealand; national men’s division champion from 1966 to 1970. Parkes was born (1950) in Whangarei, raised in Takapuna, and began surfing at age 12. He won the juniors division of the 1965 New Zealand national titles, and went on to compete in the World Surfing Championships in 1966, 1968, and 1970. The sure-footed, smooth-turning regularfooter retired from compet... Read More
Smiling Australian regularfooter from Queensland’s Gold Coast; World Champion in 2012; three-time Triple Crown champ (2008-2010), World Junior Championship winner in 1999 and 2001, and world-ranked #2 in 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2011. Parkinson was born (1981) and raised in Nambour, Queensland, and began surfing at age three during weekend family visits to the beach. At 13 he moved with his family to the Gold Coast, and by the late &... Read More
Dissident American surfer-writer-boardmaker; pro tour competitor in the mid- and late 1980s; once described by Surfing magazine as “the most interesting surfer in the world.” Born in Southern California in 1961, the son of an X-ray technician single mother, Parmenter began surfing at age 13 after moving with his mother and younger brother to Newport Beach. Three years later the family moved again, to the central California... Read More
Surfing’s most popular board shaper in the mid-1970s, and a virtual one-stop equipment source for the era’s top pros; described by Surfing magazine as the “Man With the Red-Hot Planer.” Parrish was born (1951) and raised in Southern California, began surfing at age 12 while on vacation in Waikiki, and started making boards at 17. He moved to Hawaii in 1969 and over the next three years worked for Surf... Read More
Freckle-faced pro surfer and coach from Laguna Beach; winner of the 1991 Professional Surfing Association of America tour, as well as the 2001 Swell XXL Big Wave Awards. Parsons was born (1965) and raised in Laguna, began surfing at age six, and was runner-up in the juniors division of the 1983 United States Surfing Championships. He had few spectacular moments during his 12-year Association of Surfing Professionals career (1984 to 1996), but ... Read More
Enduring, charismatic Southern California surfer; runner-up in the 1941 Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships; founder of the Paskowitz Surf Camp; lifelong advocate for improved health and diet among surfers, and a staunch believer in the health benefits of surfing itself. “When he’s away from the ocean he’s an old man,” Paskowitz’s wif... Read More
Rough-and-tumble regularfoot brothers from Yallingup, Western Australia, whose surfing seems to improve in direct proportion to the size and danger of the waves. “The sort of blokes,” Steve Smith, Jake’s trainer, said in 2000, “you’d want in your bunker during wartime.” In 1996, 23-year-old Jake won the ASP World Qualifying Series tour; in 1998 he won the Pipeline Masters over local favorite Bruce Iro... Read More
Good-humored brother trio originally from Honolulu, Hawaii; the Pattersons moved to Southern California as teenagers in the 1950s and served for decades as live-in ambassadors of the casual, beachboy-influenced surfing lifestyle. All three spent much of their adult lives in the Dana Point/Laguna Beach area, working at the Hobie Surfboards factory. Oldest brother Robert “Flea” Patterson was born in 1934, and moved in 1952 to ... Read More
Square-jawed regularfoot surfer from Queensland, Australia; winner of the 1968 Australian National Titles, and described by 1978 world champion Wayne Bartholomew as having “the most beautiful style in surfing.” Paull was born (1946) and raised on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and began riding waves at age 14. The master of what was called the “power-crouch” style, Paull defeated world champions Midget Farrelly a... Read More
Brightly burning surfer from Costa Mesa, California; the first regularfooter to ride inside the tube at Pipeline in Hawaii. Peck was born (1944) in Los Angeles, the son of a navy pilot, and raised on or near military bases in Virginia, Texas, California, and Hawaii. He began surfing at Coronado, California, at age 15; later that same year his family moved back to Waikiki. Peck placed fourth in the juniors division of the 1960 Makaha Int... Read More
Articulate regularfooter from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia; world ranked #6 in 2003, a Pipeline Masters winner, and regarded as one of the sport’s most fearless riders. “The mild-mannered madman from Byron Bay,” as described by surf writer Steve Shearer in 2011. Perrow was born (1977) and raised in Byron, started surfing at age seven, was a high school honor student, and... Read More
Annual surfing competition held in Lima, Peru, from 1956 to 1974, usually in February or March; the second international contest, following the Makaha International, and for many years one of the sport’s biggest and most prestigious events. The Peru International Surfing Championships were conceived, developed, and underwritten by Club Waikiki, the upscale Lima beachfront surfing association, and directed by club member Carlos Re... Read More
Affable surf photographer and writer, best known for a popular series of Surfer magazine travel articles written with surf partner Kevin Naughton in the 1970s and ’80s. Peterson was born (1955) in Washington, D.C., the son of an air force officer and artist mother, grew up in Maryland and Puerto Rico, moved with his family in 1962 to Huntington Beach, and began surfing at 10. At 16 he met Naughton, a slightly older Laguna Beach... Read More
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