Top Ten Surfers

The Top Ten

1 Kelly Slater

Yep! Not many guys have the flow that mr. slater has!

Kelly Slater kills it every time he surfs, I can imagine him staying like that for a long time. He's the best surfer in the world and I'm positive it will stay that way.

He's truly amazing to watch and an unbelievable kind person to socialize with.

he is amazing smooth right narly cute backs massive clean rodieo flips and stunning technuique

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2 Laird Hamilton

what a man what a surfer. a man who never sold out. I love you bro

I'm sorry but kelly could not ride the monsters laird rides

laird got really good skills than kelly =)
(sorry kelly)

worlds best surfer!

Sweden loves you!

My inspiration!

I would love to see you live!

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3 Andy Irons

R.I.P. Andy... would've set the others straight. Your the best in my books Andy... given time that wasn't enough.

Miss you Andy hope to see you in the next life, Hope the sets up there are massive

Andy irons has the best flow and style I have ever seen. He is the surfer who got me inspired to go surfing originally. Every time I watch one of his surfing videos I can't wait to get back into the water.

R.I.P. andy Irons

Andy's style is matched only by his brother Bruce. A fierce competitor that took down the sports elite.

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4 Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton is an American surfer from the island of Kauai, Hawaii. In 2003, she lost her left arm to a tiger shark and recovered quickly and was back in the water. She was born on February 8th, 1990 and has touched the hearts of millions with her incredible story

Bethany Hamilton is my hero, and her faith and story helped me get closer to Jesus. Now, I want to become a professional surfer and maybe even get on this list! I want to be friends with Bethany, because she seems like a very nice person to be friends with, even though she is 17 years older than me. But she really does seen like a great person to be friends with, and I think she is the world's best surfer.

She is the reason I started surfing and is the greatest surfer of all time! Her movie was very inspirational and to think that it's a true story...

Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a Tiger shark when she was 13. Her heroic recovery and amazing journey back to the board is the reason I started surfing, to see why Bethany keeps on going with the sport when she could give up! One taste and I'm hooked for life! I can see why Bethany carries on!

When I went to Hawaii, I went to her home island of Kauai! It was beautiful there but all I was doing was looking for Bethany, hoping to meet her! I didn't end up meeting her in the end, but I went surfing at the beach where she learned!

She is the most inspirational, fantastic, amazing surfer ever and has earned her place among surfing legends! #BETHANYHAMILTONRULEZ - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

I like the movie about you. funny thing my daughter and I share the same birthday. I may not be a surfer but do like the water.

I wish I could be like Bethany. She's the reason why I had to experience be on top of crashing waves. Way to go Bethany:) hope I can meet you:) And lastly you such a person to be remembered. For you courage and bravery... Don't let the rocks hit you instead face for it

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5 Taj Burrow

Watching Taj surf always gets me stoked! He's just got the coolest style and you can always tell he's having fun when he surfs. His good air game doesn't hurt either.

He has the best style and he should be the first or the second

he should at least be number 3.. BEST SURFER EVER!!!!

6 Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

Duke should be number one. The man was a graceful tank in the water what other surfer holds a gold medal in the olympics, and was a movie star in a time were race was a big issue... He won the country over with his aloha. The power and speed needed to surf the gigantic wooden koa boards in the old days I doubt half of the surfers on this list could even control!

It was Because of him And the Kahanamoku brothers of Waikiki that kept surfing alive in those hard days and we owe everything to him and those guys! Much love Surf god! Plus I still think George Freeth should be up here somewhere!

A Legend and soul surfer. He is the most Inspirational and influential surfer of all the times. I would be very happy to see him surfing with the boards that we have now.

My grandfather was friends with him. Yeah I'm biased, I don't care.

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7 Rob Machado

Since I started to surf I always identify with him, he has always been my role model. He is different, he is unique. His fluid and unique style, how he connects with the wave. I also think that what makes different to Rob is his humble personality, his generosity and his always good mood.

This dude has some of the most natural lines I'd ever seen.

I love Rob for his surfing style and his contribution to our local surf community especially for the youths.

Rob machado and the machado

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8 Tom Curren

taught kelly everything he knows

Tom Curren is the best surfer in the world without a doubt

9 Gerry Lopez

Awesome take charge of a surfer. Gerry controlled the wave and didn't allow the wave to control him.

The best ever

10 Layne Beachly

Awesome surfer

You rock layne. I want to be like you when I am older.

Layne beachly! I love to surf! But I have only just started, how long does it take to do tricks and surf the big waves?



The Contenders

11 John John Florence

Still young and he's already a legend! Best surfer in the world, may turn out to be the best surfer ever

I think John John is amazing! He is so young and his style really smooth and exciting! He's the future!

John john is epic

No one has ever fell off his board in mid air and landed back on it... john johns the best

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12 Dave Kalama

Your ugly your arms is crusty your arms is crusty

13 Jay Moriarity

Guys have you watched chasing mavericks it's so
Sad but happy too. Jay should be number 1 or 2 because it doesn't matter about wether your rich of poor, clean or dirty
. Jay died doing the things he loved and he died so young... 22.
He drowned.
The end scene is shocking I would have never guessed. But if you are inspired by him, "live like jay"

This should be first I love the movie chasing mavericks! He did however die young at the age of 22 from free diving. I think he was a great goal setter and a good achiever.

I think jay should rank first for surfing the biggest wave in history and never giving up even though he wiped out thank for alway having a positive attitude and never giving up love you

I think Jay Moriarity should be ranked about number nine on the list. He is so good.

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14 Gabriel Medina

He is the best surfer

He's the best he makes BACKFLIPS guys, BACKFLIPS!

15 Larry Bertleman

Larry was the first to take short boarding to the level it is at today. He could switch foot easily to get barreled. He ripped and had style

16 Dane Reynolds

He is an amazing surfer that has perfect turns and airs I rate him 2nd best after Kelly Slater. His surfing style I think is rare and hard to find. He can change your perspective of surfing in just a few seconds of watching DANE REYNOLDS - EXCERPT.

17 Jordy Smith

This dude can do the SICKest airs

I think he rocks because he can do the sickest tricks ever!

18 Jamie O'Brien


Surfs the best wave on the planet better than anyone else.

19 Miki Dora

The real deal, no other

20 Gabe Kling
21 Greg Noll

Macho Man. No time for frills.

22 Matt Archbold
23 Buttons Kaluhiokalani

I suppose I like this choice because it isn't just another dude with multiple worl championships. Plus, he really was (is) a freak talent. Perhaps the most innovative surfer ever in the water. I'd add Butch Van Artsdalen, Dane Kealoha and the entire Fletcher family to the list, along with Larry Bertleman. Kelly Slater is the most talented and the best in every condition though. Perhaps if Buttons had more focus and wasn't so far ahead of his time, he'd have ten world titles.

I lived and surfed northshore for 12 straight years, ask anyone who saw him in action (when he wasn't wasted)- the first driving backside 360, at pipe no less, the first real arial attack, vicious cutbacks, etc - yes bertleman was great but buttons was a the best ever for maybe 2 years... - 12ftgroundswell

The most innovative but sadly not well known surfer ever...
He gave a great contribute to develop surfing, and may be the surf today is what it is also thanks to him.

24 Mick Fanning

One of the greatest surfers ever amazing style him and joel are the two best ever

One of the only guys to beat Kelly

Mick is one of the best all time surfers

Mick f is just sick

25 Stephanie Gilmore

Never been beaten on equal grounds

love her

26 Damien Hobgood
27 Nathan Fletcher

He has caught the biggest waves ever and is so rad!

28 Mitchel Coleborn
29 Julian Wilson

The future of modern day surfing. Combines progression with soul better than anybody.the Australian Kelly Slater. 2013 Hurley pro quarterfinal

30 Wayne Bartholomew

He and Mike P. used to drive the east coast just looking for waves before money and politics ruined the sport.

31 Mike Purpus

Mike was the pride of the South Bay in the seventies with an attacking style and knack for creativity which set him apart from all other surfers in So Cal.

32 Lisa Anderson

Great surfer, strong turns, great to watch her here in New Smyrna Beach in the past with my daughter

Pioneered women's modern surfing!

33 Malia Manuel
34 Conner Coffin
35 Nat Young

Californian Nat young has the most innovative backhand in the business, top guy and deserves to be top 10. unlike Matt Wilkinsons poostance style, nat manages to maintain a clean and powerful technique which is good to watch.

36 Kolohe Andino
37 Chris Dennis
38 Bruce Irons

Great surfer unbelievable he should be in the top 10

39 Joel Parkinson

One of the top surfers today

Go parko he is the best he rips out there

40 Kai Lenny
41 Carissa Moore
42 Alana Blanchard

She's Beautiful, graceful and can power Surf

Beautiful and pretty

43 Lakey Peterson

I've seen lakey peterson 0 to 100 she rips

44 Parker Coffin
45 Nick Rozsa
46 Sally Fitzgibbons

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