Top Ten Surfers

The Top Ten

1 Kelly Slater

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

I call Kelly the surfing King!

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2 Laird Hamilton

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

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

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

He is A very aggressive powerful motivationaly driving surfer. Very very enjoyable to watch surf. I happened to find myself out in the water with him and two other people yesterday at Hanelei surfing overhead choppy fun surf. I saw him using his airplane board thing, and he was just going so fast that it literarily hurt my feelings in a nice humbling way... So much to the point that after recovering from the failed duck dive due to my study of his style on an overhead wave sectioning through the bowl, I had to turn around and paddle in. I was kind of tripping because my mother had a surf shop when I was growing up as a kid in Sequim Washington along with a second one located in Carlsborg Washington. Being raised in a surfing family and having been surfing for nearly my entire life, it really means a lot to enjoy these Legendary Gentlemens company after many hard cold rainy frozen blown out flat gargantuan or even mind blowing at times days. If you follow your dreams you will ...more

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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

R.I.P. andy you were the best, we always remember you

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4 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!!!!

5 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.


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6 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

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 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

Bethany Hamilton NEVER gave up. I have to be honest that if a shark bit off my left arm, I would never go back in the water. She is the person that inspired me to surf. So I think she deserved to be #1.

Bethany is the most talented surfer ever she has done thousands of remarkable waves and inspired me to do surfing at the age of 8 so Bethany should be top 1 world surfer

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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 is the best surfers in history! He is the mist layer back man on planet earth and still manages to be in the top ten surfers:) I honestly think he should be up at number 1!

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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

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?

Awesome surfer



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

You 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 he is the best surfer ever and a cute one it is a shame that he died jay love you thanks for never giving up

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14 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

15 Gabriel Medina

He is the best surfer

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

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 Miki Dora

The real deal, no other

19 Gabe Kling
20 Greg Noll

Macho Man. No time for frills.

21 Matt Archbold
22 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.

23 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

24 Jamie O'Brien

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

25 Damien Hobgood
26 Nathan Fletcher

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

27 Mitchel Coleborn
28 Stephanie Gilmore

Never been beaten on equal grounds

love her

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 Malia Manuel
33 Conner Coffin
34 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.

35 Chris Dennis
36 Bruce Irons

Great surfer unbelievable he should be in the top 10

37 Joel Parkinson

One of the top surfers today

Go parko he is the best he rips out there

38 Lisa Anderson

Pioneered women's modern surfing!

39 Kai Lenny
40 Carissa Moore
41 Alana Blanchard

She's Beautiful, graceful and can power Surf

Beautiful and pretty

42 Lakey Peterson

I've seen lakey peterson 0 to 100 she rips

43 Parker Coffin
44 Kolohe Andino
45 Nick Rozsa
46 Sally Fitzgibbons

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