The Most Popular Surfers: Ranking the Sought-After Icons in the Surfing World

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Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 27, 2023 10:26)

Who Are the Most Popular Surfers?

  1. 1
    Kelly Slater
    US Embassy in Fiji · Public domain
    He is considered one of the greatest surfers of all time, with 11 world championships and a career spanning three decades.
    Kelly Slater in other rankings
  2. 2
    He is a two-time world champion and has been one of the most dominant surfers in recent years.
    John John Florence in other rankings
  3. 3
    Stephanie Gilmore
    Kirstin Scholtz · CC BY-SA 4.0
    She is a seven-time world champion and one of the most successful female surfers in history.
    Stephanie Gilmore in other rankings
  4. 4
    He is a two-time world champion and one of the most exciting surfers to watch.
    Gabriel Medina in other rankings
  5. 5
    She is a four-time world champion and one of the most consistent surfers on the women's tour.
    Carissa Moore in other rankings
  6. 6
    He is a three-time world champion and one of the most popular surfers in Australia.
    Mick Fanning in other rankings
  7. 7
    She is a two-time world champion and one of the most talented surfers in the world.
  8. 8
    He is one of the most stylish surfers on the tour and has been a consistent performer for many years.
  9. 9
    He is a two-time world championship runner-up and one of the most powerful and explosive surfers in the world.
  10. 10
    Sally Fitzgibbons
    Hpeterswald · CC BY-SA 4.0
    She is a consistent performer on the women's tour and has been a runner-up for the world championship multiple times.
    Sally Fitzgibbons in other rankings

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Ranking factors for popular surfers

  1. Media coverage
    Surfers who receive more media attention, including interviews, feature articles, and social media presence, tend to be more popular.
  2. Style and technique
    Surfers who showcase unique and impressive surfing style and techniques tend to gain more popularity.
  3. Personal brand
    Surfers with a strong personal brand, which includes sponsorships, merchandise, and a recognizable image, tend to be more popular.
  4. Surfing location
    Surfers who frequent well-known surfing destinations and breaks often gain more attention and popularity.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most popular surfers. 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!


  • 197 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

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 popular surfers

Surfing is a sport that has gained immense popularity in recent years, and with the rise of social media, surfers have become celebrities in their own right. From the beaches of California to the shores of Australia, surfers have captured the hearts of people all over the world with their incredible skills and daring moves. But who are the most popular surfers? This is a question that has been asked time and time again, and with good reason. Surfing is a sport that is steeped in history and tradition, and the surfers who have made a name for themselves have done so by pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a board. From legends like Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton to up-and-coming stars like Caroline Marks and Gabriel Medina, there is no shortage of talented surfers out there. But popularity is about more than just skill – it's about personality, style, and the ability to connect with fans on a personal level. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the most popular surfers in the world today, exploring what makes them so beloved by fans and what sets them apart from the rest of the pack. So grab your board and join us as we dive into the exciting world of surfing and the incredible athletes who make it so special.

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