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Cool-handed surfer and boardmaker from Santa Barbara, California; innovator and prime exemplar of a smooth, low-key cental California surfing style; founder of Yater Surfboards. Yater was born (1932) in Los Angeles, the son of a shoe salesman, raised in Pasadena and Laguna Beach, began surfing at age 14, and started making his own boards at 21. Thin, hawk-nosed, and quiet, Yater apprenticed in the mid- and late ’50s with the two b... Read More
Easy-rolling autobiography of Phil Edwards, revered California power surfer of the ’50s and ’60s, coauthored by Sports Illustrated staff writer Bob Ottum, and published by Harper & Row in 1967. You Should Have Been Here an Hour Ago: The Stoked Side of Surfing, or How to Hang Ten Through Life and Stay Happy—surfing’s first full-length biography—grew out of an SI cover story Ottum wrote on Edw... Read More
Epoch-defining regularfooter from Sydney, Australia; winner of the 1966 World Surfing Championships; in the vanguard of both the shortboard revolution and the longboard revival; winner of the Longboard World Championships in 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Young was arguably the most influential surfer in the second half of the 20th century. “He was an overwhelming presence,” surf journalist Paul Holmes wrote, “and accorded almos... Read More
Tow-headed pro surfer from Santa Cruz, Califiornia; world-ranked #8 and ASP Rookie of the Year in 2013. Young was born (1991) and raised on the Westside of Santa Cruz, and started riding waves on a bodyboard at age 5. By the time he was a teenager, the relentlessly freckled goofyfoot was pulling down wins in regional amateur surf contests. But like all young would-be pros from Northern California, it was hard to make the trek to Southern Calif... Read More

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