Ready to rank the most influential surfers of all time? In a sport in which its culture is just as important as skill level, it's not just the world's best surfers that go down as the most influential. Sure, many of these notable surfers are some of the best to ever do it, yet some simply took surfing to the forefront and helped it become what it is today. For instance, Bruce Brown may have been a surfer, but he's recognized for his impact on surfing through his many surf films and documentaries—which contributed greatly to how we see surfing today.
Of course, most of these important surfers are indeed the best of all time. While there's been plenty of famous surfers to grace the beaches around the world, those to follow brought more than just skill to surfing—these are surfers who changed the sport forever. From the Duke and Miki Dora to leading surf ladies like Stephanie Gilmore and Layne Beachley, these surfers have had a huge impact on surfing as we know it.
Who do you think should top the list of the most influential surfers? Take a look below and vote up your picks.
Birthplace: Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of AmericaDuke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was a Native... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Oahu, USA, HawaiiPhilip Andrew Irons (July 24, 1978 – November 2, 2010) was an American professional surfer. ... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: California, United States of AmericaBruce Alan Brown (December 1, 1937 – December 10, 2017) was an American documentary film... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Budapest, HungaryMiklos Sandor Dora III (August 11, 1934 – January 3, 2002), known professionally as Miki Dora... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of AmericaGreg Noll (born February 11, 1937), nicknamed "Da Bull" by Phil Edwards in reference to his... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: California, United States of AmericaLaird John Hamilton (born March 2, 1964) is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of AmericaTom Curren is an American surfer.
Sean CollinsDec. at 59 (1952-2011)
Birthplace: Pasadena, CaliforniaSean Robb Collins was the founder of Surfline and a noted figure in the areas of surfing and... more on Wikipedia
Simon AndersonAge: 66
Birthplace: Sydney, AustraliaSimon Anderson (born 7 July 1954) is an Australian competitive surfer, surfboard shaper, and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States of AmericaRobert Kelly Slater (born February 11, 1972) is an American professional surfer, author,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Kurnell, AustraliaMarco Jay Luciano "Mark" Occhilupo (born 12 February 1966) is an Australian surfer and winner... more on Wikipedia
- Nicolás Rolando Gabaldón (February 23, 1927 – June 6, 1951) was an early surfer who is... more on Wikipedia99
Nick GabaldonDec. at 24 (1927-1951)
Birthplace: Murwillumbah, AustraliaStephanie Louise Gilmore is an Australian professional surfer and seven-time world champion on... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States of AmericaDorian "Doc" Paskowitz (March 3, 1921 – November 10, 2014) was an American surfer and... more on Wikipedia
Martin PotterAge: 54
Birthplace: United KingdomMartin "Pottz" Potter (born October 28, 1965 in Blyth, Northumberland, England), is a former... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of AmericaJohn "John" Alexander Florence (born October 18, 1992) is an American professional surfer. He... more on Wikipedia
Michael PetersonDec. at 60 (1952-2012)
Birthplace: Queensland, AustraliaMichael "MP" Peterson (24 September 1952 – 29 March 2012) was a professional Australian... more on Wikipedia
Mark RichardsAge: 63
Birthplace: Newcastle, AustraliaMark Richards (born 7 March 1957), known as MR, is an Australian surfer, four time world... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Sydney, AustraliaLayne Collette Beachley (born 24 May 1972) is a former professional surfer from Manly, New... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Busselton, AustraliaTaj Burrow (born 2 June 1978) is an Australian retired professional surfer. Taj retired from... more on Wikipedia
Shane DorianAge: 48
Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii, United States of AmericaPatrick Shane Dorian (born July 19, 1972), or "Shane", is an American surfer from Kailua-Kona,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of AmericaDane Reynolds (born September 7, 1985 in Long Beach, California) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia