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Tireless and unobtrusive surfboard shaper from San Diego, California; best known as a leader of the longboard renaissance in the ’70s and early ’80s. Eaton was born (1934) in New York, New York, raised in Palos Verdes, California, and began surfing at age 14, helped along by seminal surf figure Tom Blake; Eaton used to transport his heavy wooden board to the Palos Verdes Cove using an army stretcher customized with a pair of rear-m... Read More
Soft-spoken goofyfooter from Hawaii. Eberle won the 1965 state championships, and placed fourth in the inaugural Duke Kahanamoku Classic, held the same year. He was a World Surfing Championships invitee the following year; in 1967 he wowed the surf world during the Duke contest by twice riding left into no-man’s-land at Sunset Beach during the finals—he wiped out both times, and finished seventh. Lithe and quick on his feet, Ebe... Read More
Round-faced surfer from Newport Beach, California, who became a surf world comedy phenomenon in the mid-1960s as “JJ Moon,” the self-proclaimed “number-one surfer in the world.” Eckert was born (1937) in St. Louis, Missouri, moved with his family at age two to Beverly Hills, California, began surfing at 18, and in 1961 received an M.A. in physical education from Chapman College. The affable and sociable Eckert be... Read More
First-generation Australian surf photographer from Sydney; cofounder of Surfabout magazine. Eden was born (1931) and raised in Sydney’s coastal suburbs, began riding waves at Bondi Beach in 1956, and two years later started taking photographs of local surfers. Eden launched Surfabout in 1962, just a few weeks before rival photographer Bob Evans began publishing Surfing World. (Australian Surfer,... Read More
Groundbreaking regularfooter from Dana Point, California; often described as the original power surfer for his water-gouging turns, and credited as the first person to ride Hawaii’s Pipeline. It was Edwards, along with friend and part-time rival Mickey Dora, who created the technique, image, and language for surfing in America—and the rest of the surf world—from the mid-’50s to the mid-’60s. Edwards was born (1938)... Read More
Powerful, basso-voiced goofyfoot pro surfer originally from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; world-ranked #2 in 2000, and described at that time by surf journalist Steve Barilotti as “possibly the best all-around surfer in the world after Kelly Slater.” Egan was born (1969) and raised in Newcastle, the son of Sam Egan, one of the area’s first surfers and a nationally respected boardmaker. On the day Luke was born... Read More
Hyper-competitive child surf star from San Diego, California; an unbeatable amateur competitor in the early and mid-’80s, and a pro tour flameout by age 17. Eggers was born (1970) in Mountain View, California, raised in Clairemont, and began surfing at age seven. He was introduced to the surf world in a short 1984 Surfer magazine profile as a family-loving, antidrug 14-year-old, with two United States Amateur Championship titles... Read More
Blunt, brawny, hot-headed Australian power surfer from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; world title runner-up in 1987, 1990, and 1993; Triple Crown winner in 1987 and 1989; self-described as a “half-mad ball of pure aggresion.” Elkerton was born in 1964, and spent much of his childhood at sea on his father’s Queensland-based shrimp trawler, gaining a measure of formal education through correspondence courses. He bega... Read More
Easygoing Australian regularfoot pro surfer from Avoca Beach, New South Wales; world-ranked #10 in 1989. Ellis was born (1964) in Sydney, raised in nearby Avoca, and began surfing at age 10, after a congenital kidney defect (later surgically corrected) kept him from playing football. He was the juniors division winner in both the 1982 Australian National Titles and the World Surfing Championships. Ellis turned pro in 1984, after complet... Read More
Prodigious, soft-spoken photographer from South Africa; long-time Surfer magazine photo editor. Ellis was born (1973) in bustling Port Elizabeth, and learned to surf at age eight after his uncle gave him money for a styrofoam surfboard. Ellis had a brief competitive run in the amateur ranks, but discovered what would end up being his profession at age 18 when his mother gave  him with his first camera. Five years later Ellis emerged... Read More
Vivacious blond pro surfer and surfing instructor from Hawaii. Born (1952) in Hollywood, California, and raised in Malibu and Pacific Palisades, Emerson began surfing at age nine, and at 17 moved to Hawaii. She had a fine run as an amateur competitor. In 1966, at age 14, Emerson placed runner-up to Joey Hamasaki in the Malibu Invitational, and the following year she finished 3rd in the Makaha International. Emerson took fourth in the 1969 U... Read More
Long-celebrated surf moved made by California filmmaker Bruce Brown; originally screened on the beach city surf circuit in 1964, two years before it was put into general release, where it became a surprise critical and commercial hit. “A brilliant documentary,” a New Yorker review said of Brown’s deceptively simple $50,000 film, “perfectly expressing the surfing spirit. Great background music. Great movie. Out ... Read More
Sexy, bubbly, fashion-obsessed pro surfer from Sydney’s North Narrabeen; world-ranked #8 in 2012. Enever was born (1991) in Sydney, and began riding waves at age four. At 10, after an early childhood detour into gymnastics, she began surfing seriously and competitively. A lean, smooth-turning regularfooter, with a deft touch in the barrel, Enever was twice a world junior champion (ISA Junior World champion, 2008; ASP Women’s World J... Read More
Stocky regularfoot surfer from Sydney, Australia; Pro Junior winner in 1978 and 1979. Engel was born (1960) in Sydney, began surfing in the early ’70s, and was best friends with future pro tour star Cheyne Horan, but didn’t flourish until moving to Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1975. He was runner-up to future two-time world champion Tom Carroll in the juniors division of the 1978 Australian National Titles. As Deep mag... Read More
Nimble and likable Australian longboarder from Manly Beach, New South Wales; winner of the 1987 World Longboard Championships. Entwistle was born (1949) in Brisbane, Queensland, moved with his family to Manly at age six, began kneeriding as a preadolescent, then changed to stand-up surfing at 17. A fine shortboarder through the ’70s and early ’80s, the goofyfooted Entwistle was one of Australia’s early converts to new-... Read More
War-scarred big-wave surfer originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia; among the first to ride Hawaii’s Kaena Point in 1976, and a competitor in the 1986 and 1990 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contests at Waimea Bay. Erickson learned to surf at 15, after moving with his family to West Los Angeles. In 1966, at age 18, he joined the Marine Corps, and sailed for Vietnam two days after his honeymoon. Just weeks after landing,... Read More
Low-key but inspiring regularfooter from the North Shore of Oahu; a style influence on many heavy-hitting Hawaiian surfers from the 1960s and early ’70s, including Gerry Lopez, Eddie Aikau and Barry Kanaiapuni. “He wasn’t flamboyant or radical,” Lopez said of Espere, “but he had an innate presence that simply made him part of the wave—and, in turn, the wave seemed a part of him.” ... Read More
Unheralded but richly talented goofyfoot surfer from Durban, South Africa; runner-up in the 1975 Gunston 500, and third-place finisher in the 1991 Longboard World Championships. Esposito was born (1953) in Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province, and raised in Durban. He began surfing at 12, and just a few months later placed second in the boys’ division of the South African Championships. George Thompson, the co... Read More
Protean surf world impresario from Sydney, Australia; surf filmmaker throughout the 1960s and early ’70s; founder of the Australian Surfriders Association, and founder-publisher of Surfing World magazine; often called the “father of modern Australian surfing.” Evans was born (1928) and raised in Manly Beach, began surfing as a young teenager, and by 1950 was one of the country’s best wave-riders. In 1956... Read More
Raw, influential 1969 Australian-made surf movie made by Paul Witzig of Sydney; cherished as a document of the opening year of the shortboard revolution, as well as a showcase for teenage sensation Wayne Lynch and 1966 world champion Nat Young. Evolution was Witzig’s second feature-length movie, following ... Read More
Surfing showcase event without judges, scores, winners, or losers, held in 1970, 1971, and 1973, primarily on the North Shore of Oahu, featuring a select group of the world’s best surfers. The Expression Session was presented as a soulful “anticontest” alternative to the standard surf meet. In his 1970 “Death of all Contests” article for Surfer magazine, Drew Kampion proposed a “new system... Read More

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