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The Best Surfers In The World Right Now

Updated September 23, 2019 509 votes 65 voters 1.6k views40 items

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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    Kelly Slater
    32
    12

    Kelly Slater

    United States of America

    Age48

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida, United States of America

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  • 2
    Gabriel Medina
    22
    2

    Gabriel Medina

    Brazil

    Age26

    BirthplaceMaresias

  • 3
    John John Florence
    24
    4

    John John Florence

    United States of America

    Age27

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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  • 4
    Filipe Toledo
    27
    11

    Filipe Toledo

    Brazil
  • 5
    Kanoa Igarashi
    21
    8

    Kanoa Igarashi

    Japan
  • 6
    Jordy Smith
    19
    8

    Jordy Smith

    South Africa

    Age33

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

  • 7
    Carissa Moore
    19
    8

    Carissa Moore

    United States of America

    Age28

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

  • 8
    Italo Ferreira
    14
    4

    Italo Ferreira

    Brazil
  • 9
    Lakey Peterson
    16
    8

    Lakey Peterson

    United States of America

    Age25

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California

  • 10
    Stephanie Gilmore
    15
    7

    Age32

    BirthplaceMurwillumbah, Australia

  • 11
    Kolohe Andino
    11
    5

    Kolohe Andino

    United States of America
  • 12
    Conner Coffin
    11
    8

    Conner Coffin

    United States of America
  • 13
    Ryan Callinan
    7
    2

    Ryan Callinan

    Australia
  • 14
    Coco Ho
    5
    1

    Coco Ho

    United States of America

    Age29

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

  • 15
    Tatiana Weston-Webb
    12
    11

    Tatiana Weston-Webb

    Brazil
  • 16
    Malia Manuel
    5
    2

    Malia Manuel

    United States of America

    Age27

    BirthplaceWailua, Hawaii

  • 17
    Seth Moniz
    7
    5

    Seth Moniz

    United States of America
  • 18
    Willian Cardoso
    9
    9

    Willian Cardoso

    Brazil
  • 19
    Michel Bourez
    4
    0

    Michel Bourez

    French Polynesia

    Age34

    BirthplaceRūrutu, French Polynesia

  • 20
    Paige Hareb
    8
    8

    Paige Hareb

    New Zealand

    Age30

    BirthplaceNew Plymouth, New Zealand

  • 21
    Julian Wilson
    4
    1

    Julian Wilson

    Australia

    Age31

    BirthplaceCoolum Beach, Australia

  • 22
    Jeremy Flores

    Age32

    BirthplaceRéunion, France

  • 23
    Nikki Van Dijk
    4
    2

    Nikki Van Dijk

    Australia

    Age25

  • 24
    Tyler Wright
    2
    2

    Tyler Wright

    Australia

    Age26

    BirthplaceCulburra Beach, New South Wales, Australia

  • 25
    Caroline Marks
    1
    1

    Caroline Marks

    United States of America