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  1. #21
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    Keith malloy

  2. #22
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    Nice...Bertleman was slightly ahead of his time... awesome surfer and an influence on many in surfing and skate (watch Dogtown and Z- boys)
    http://www.surfline.com/surfing-a-to...nd-photos_757/

    Pottz was in the same mold... good call. Hows about a Pottz protege? Mr. Matt Archibold. Bad life decisions aside, he was considered by many the best surfer in the world for a minute and the ultimate f-you surf rebel type.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi0tHeB6EXg

  3. #23
    Buttons.....

  4. #24
    Bunker Spreckles, the heir to the Spreckles Sugar fortune. The guy was a combination of a drug dealer, rock star, porn star, surf star and surf recluse. While all the other surfers at the time were into "Country Soul", Bunker would pull up to Honolua Bay in a Mercedes and a mink coat. Was a damn fine surfer, and was shaping and surfing some of the craziest shapes in the water during the first "short board revolution" in the late 60's and early 70's. As with all who live so fast, he surely died young.

    Mike Purpus has a great story, too. And don't ever forget about MIKI DORA

  5. #25
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    There was mention of Larry Bertlemann. Check this video of Bertlemann. It's taken from on old 16mm film:

    http://www.korduroy.tv/2011/larry-be...ing-sea-movies

    Definitely up there for me, but I'll be back with my top shortly. Bertlemann was ahead of his time and had such a big influence on surfing, but really influenced skateboarding as well. The post above was right...He really influenced the Dogtown crew and the direction their skateboarding went. AND those guys just completely pushed skateboarding ahead of it's time and opened the potential. I've also heard from people that knew him that he was an extremely nice guy as well. I think it's rad to not only influence surfing such a great deal, but cross over and have just as big of influence on skating.
    Last edited by respecttheocean; Oct 28, 2011 at 05:24 AM.

  6. #26
    Rabbit Kekai
    Simmons
    Phil Edwards
    Dora
    Lopez
    Curren
    Bruce
    I think these are my choices that account for almost every decade since the 30s.
    Last edited by BigMike; Oct 28, 2011 at 05:39 AM.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Koki Barrels View Post
    Buttons.....
    Absolutely, he was so futuristic at his time..... also, makes me think of Christian Fletcher on a totally different level. He was doing airs 20 years before they were cool, on boards that weren't built to do airs, and he was just a total badass in his day. "Tweak Freaks" showcased it all, "Wave Warriors" series cool too. He wasn't as fluid as Curren or Buttons, but progressive as hell. I used to get sooo pumped watching his videos, then I'd go surf and get frustrated I couldn't do anything like him

    http://youtu.be/1lstb57IdVs

    http://youtu.be/tgjEW9mDGAg

  8. #28
    I'll go with Tom Curran as well. As nj42 said, stylish, powerful and skilled, but also controlled with such smooth flow. One of my favorite pieces of video tape is Curran at Jbay in Ultimate Sessions.

    You've gotta love Jeff Clark too. I mean to paddle out at mavericks, which is not exactly a few hundred feet and the water is not exactly warm, by yourself, when nobody else had ever done it............what words would you use to describe him; sick, nuts, ZOO MAN...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by still stoked View Post
    I'll go with Tom Curran as well. As nj42 said, stylish, powerful and skilled, but also controlled with such smooth flow. One of my favorite pieces of video tape is Curran at Jbay in Ultimate Sessions.

    You've gotta love Jeff Clark too. I mean to paddle out at mavericks, which is not exactly a few hundred feet and the water is not exactly warm, by yourself, when nobody else had ever done it............what words would you use to describe him; sick, nuts, ZOO MAN...............
    And the crazy thing about Clark was that he did that s.hit ALONE for 15 YEARS WITHOUT ANYBODY OR ANY ASSISTANCE IN THE WATER. Guy is nuts haha.

  10. #30
    Present: Dane Reynolds
    Past: Shaun Tomson
    Fictitious: Bodhi...naturally

    I just like Dane and Shaun's style and demeanor on and off the waves, seems like they'd be cool guys to hang out and surf with.