The Most Famous Big-wave Surfer: Ranking the Elite Riders

Choose the big-wave surfer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 1, 2024 08:05
Ride the wave of excitement and join us in ranking the most famous big-wave surfers of all time on StrawPoll! As surf enthusiasts, we know you've witnessed these fearless athletes conquer monstrous waves and leave us all in awe. Now, it's time to crown the ultimate wave warrior. Catch the gnarliest surfers like Laird Hamilton, Garrett McNamara, and Paige Alms, as they battle for the top spot in our rankings. Do you think someone's missing from the lineup? No worries, you can suggest your favorite big-wave surfer and watch them ride their way up the ranks. Dive in and cast your vote to help us determine who truly rules the waves!

Who Is the Most Famous Big-wave Surfer?

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    Laird Hamilton is regarded as the pioneer of tow-in surfing, Hamilton is widely considered the most famous big-wave surfer in the world. He has ridden some of the biggest waves ever recorded, and his fearless approach to surfing has earned him a reputation as one of the greatest surfers of all time.
    Laird Hamilton in other rankings
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    Garrett McNamara is known for his record-breaking rides, McNamara made history in 2011 when he surfed a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal. He has since continued to push the limits of big-wave surfing and has become one of the sport's most recognizable figures.
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    Greg Long is a two-time winner of the Big Wave World Tour, Long is known for his technical ability and his fearless approach to big-wave surfing. He has ridden some of the biggest waves ever recorded and has become a respected figure in the surfing world.
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    Shane Dorian is a former world number two, Dorian is known for his big-wave surfing and his innovative approach to the sport. He has ridden some of the biggest waves ever recorded, including a 57-foot wave at Jaws.
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    Grant "Twiggy" Baker is a multiple winner of the Mavericks surf contest, Baker is known for his fearless approach to big-wave surfing and his ability to read the ocean. He has become one of the most respected big-wave surfers in the world.
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    Ken Bradshaw is a pioneer of big-wave surfing in Hawaii, Bradshaw is known for his fearless approach to riding massive waves. He has ridden some of the biggest waves ever recorded, and his contributions to the sport have helped shape it into what it is today.
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    Jeff Clark - the founder of the Mavericks surf contest, Clark is known for his pioneering role in big-wave surfing. He was the first person to surf the infamous break at Mavericks, and his contributions to the sport have helped make big-wave surfing what it is today.
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    Mark Foo
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    Mark Foo - one of the most influential big-wave surfers of all time, Foo was known for his fearless approach to surfing and his ability to ride massive waves. He tragically died while surfing at Mavericks in 1994, but his legacy lives on in the surfing world.
    Mark Foo in other rankings
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    Eddie Aikau is a legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard, Aikau is known for his bravery and his willingness to risk his life to save others. He tragically died while attempting to save the crew of the Hokulea canoe in 1978, but his legacy lives on in the surfing world.
    Eddie Aikau in other rankings
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    Maya Gabeira
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    Maya Gabeira is a Brazilian big-wave surfer, Gabeira is known for her fearless approach to surfing and her ability to ride massive waves. She has broken multiple records for women's big-wave surfing and has become one of the most recognizable female surfers in the world.
    Maya Gabeira in other rankings

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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous big-wave surfer. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Surfer is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

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A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Surfer once every 24 hours. The rank of each Surfer is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous big-wave surfer

Big-wave surfing is a sport that requires immense courage, athleticism, and skill. It involves riding waves that are at least 20 feet tall, and sometimes even up to 80 feet. It's no surprise that the surfers who tackle these massive waves are considered some of the most fearless athletes in the world. One of the most iconic big-wave surfing spots is the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, where surfers from around the globe converge during the winter months in search of the biggest waves. Over the years, many surfers have risen to fame for their daring feats on these waves. But who is the most famous big-wave surfer of them all? That's a question that has sparked debate among surf enthusiasts for years. From legendary surfers like Eddie Aikau and Laird Hamilton to modern-day stars like Maya Gabeira and Kai Lenny, there are many contenders for the title. Ultimately, the answer may come down to personal preference. Some may argue that it's the surfer who has ridden the biggest wave, while others may consider overall skill and impact on the sport. Regardless of who takes the crown, one thing is for certain: big-wave surfing is a sport that will continue to captivate and inspire people for generations to come.

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