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The Best Surfers In The World Right Now

List RulesVote up the top surfers hitting the waves right now.

The best surfers in the world right now have conquered waves all over the globe. The top surfers come from nations as far apart as Brazil and France or Australia and the USA, but they all come together at competitions to ride the waves and test their limits. Household names like Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith have been at the top of the game for years, with Slater still wading out into the water in his late 40s. 

Meanwhile, young stars like Filipe Toledo have remade the sport in their image and have brought the kind of youthful energy the surfing world thrives on. Hawaiian star John John Florence topped two 2019 competitions and is chasing down the surfers at the top of the leaderboard. On the women’s side, Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson have raised their game to separate from the field, but talented surfers like Stephanie Gilmore and Paige Hareb are right there, as well.

So who deserves to be at the top of the list? Who is the best surfer in the world right now? Vote up the current surfers who are most impressive riding the waves.

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  • 1
    United States of America
    33
    6

    Age29

    BirthplaceUSA, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 2
    United States of America
    41
    16

    Age49

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida, United States of America

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  • 3

    Gabriel Medina

    Brazil
    21
    5

    Age27

    BirthplaceMaresias

  • 4

    Filipe Toledo

    Brazil
    28
    13
  • 5

    Italo Ferreira

    Brazil
    17
    4
  • 6

    Jordy Smith

    South Africa
    19
    8

    Age34

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

  • 7
    18
    7

    Age33

    BirthplaceMurwillumbah, Australia

  • 8
    United States of America
    19
    9

    Age29

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

  • 9

    Kanoa Igarashi

    Japan
    19
    9
  • 10

    Lakey Peterson

    United States of America
    17
    8

    Age27

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California

  • 11

    Ryan Callinan

    Australia
    9
    3
  • 12

    Kolohe Andino

    United States of America
    10
    5
  • 13

    Nikki Van Dijk

    Australia
    8
    3

    Age27

  • 14

    Tatiana Weston-Webb

    Brazil
    13
    10
  • 15
    United States of America
    5
    1

    Age30

    BirthplaceUSA, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 16
    Australia
    5
    1

    Age33

    BirthplaceCoolum Beach, Australia

  • 17

    Michel Bourez

    French Polynesia
    4
    0

    Age35

    BirthplaceRūrutu, French Polynesia

  • 18

    Conner Coffin

    United States of America
    9
    8
  • 19

    Seth Moniz

    United States of America
    8
    6
  • 20

    Age30

    BirthplaceNowra, Australia

  • 21

    Willian Cardoso

    Brazil
    9
    9
  • 22

    Tyler Wright

    Australia
    4
    3

    Age27

    BirthplaceCulburra Beach, New South Wales, Australia

  • 23

    Malia Manuel

    United States of America
    5
    4

    Age28

    BirthplaceWailua, Hawaii

  • 24

    Paige Hareb

    New Zealand
    8
    9

    Age31

    BirthplaceNew Plymouth, New Zealand

  • 25

    Wade Carmichael

    Australia
    4
    4
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List Rules: Vote up the top surfers hitting the waves right now.