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Banks, Jim


Soulful but hard-charging Australian surfer and boardmaker from the Sydney suburb of Cronulla; world-ranked #14 in 1980, and regarded for years afterward as one of the sport's premier tuberiders, as well as a comprehensive master of the surfing life. "Nearly everything he does suggests an easy flow and serene focus," surf journalist Tim Baker wrote of Banks in 1996. "You just don't see him fumbling with his boardbag, or getting tangled in his legrope, or hollering out for wax or sunscreen."

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