Jennings, James "Chappy"

Australian goofyfooter from Queensland's Gold Coast; often remembered as the elfin sidekick to world tour stars Wayne Bartholomew and Gary Elkerton, but a hard-charging surfer in his own right. Jennings was born (1965) in New Guinea, grew up in Victoria and South Australia, and began surfing at age 10. Three years later he ran away from home to live in the warm, wave-rich Gold Coast, where he was mentored by 1978 world champion Wayne Bartholomew; in 1980 he finished fourth in the juniors divi...