5 Surfing legends you need to know
Surfing is a captivating sport that has been taking over global beaches. Practice brings peace of mind and allows people to get out of the routine, adding quality of life to their daily lives.
If you are thinking about starting to catch the wave, we will present you 5 surfing legends to be inspired:
Eddie Aikau was a great Hawaiian surfer, who was a lifeguard on Waimea Beach and did not fear the giant waves. In 1978, he and 27 other people were beginning the crossing between Hawaii and Tahiti, when the canoe began to sink. Eddie didn't think twice: he picked up his board and threw himself into the ocean for help, but he never came back. The locals always remember his heroic act. They dedicated Eddie to a giant wave tournament, which takes place in Waimea every year, when the sea is over 20 feet.
Better known as Da Bull, Greg Noll was born in San Diego in 1937, and is a reference when it comes to giant waves. At 17, he went to Hawaii with his friends to surf waves never surfed, like the dreaded outside of Pipeline - he was the first to venture there. In 1969, some people believed that he surfed the biggest wave before the tow-in. It was a 35-foot wave on Makaha, one of the biggest waves in history, but few people saw it. At 79, Greg is one of the few surfers, among the pioneers of giant waves, that remains with us.
Tom Curren was born in a surfing family in California in 1964. He started winning his first tournaments at the age of 14 and was a world champion three times. He surfed the wave line perfectly, and he emerged as an example for all surfers of the time in the 1980s. Tom never abandoned surfing; today, he is part of the Rip Curl team and dedicates his time to the music.
Hawaiian Andy Irons was born in 1978. His first world title was in 2002, when he won four stages of the circuit. Andy won the World Cup twice more, fighting memorable battles with Kelly Slater and delighting those watching him on the sand. With perfect tubes, impeccable rips, and an unusual talent, Andy was a surfing legend. In 2010, he had a cardiac arrest, aged 32, and ended up dying, but he remains alive in the memory of everyone who loves the sport.
Unique to our legends still in action, Slater is a multi-champion. He was born in 1972 and already won his first titles at the age of six. The first world championship was won in 1992, and then 10 more came - he is the athlete who most often consecrated himself the best in the world. Today, at 43, he still runs the WCT and makes impressive performances, inspiring young people and adults of many generations. After getting to know a little more about these five surfing legends' history, didn't you feel like playing in the sea? Change your life, let the surf in, and enjoy the best of it.