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I’m Christopher Sugrue, advertising executive who surfs for leisure. I am an idea monger by profession and a wave chaser by volition.

For me, there’s nothing better than catching a perfect tube ride. Inside the cyclonic hollow created by the face and lip of a massive wave, you get on your feet, bulleting through high and tight, turning as the wave pitches, leaning forward for optimum speed as you glide from the barrel’s lips closing in on you. You aim for daylight, ripping right through as the wall breaks and the surface calms.

After going off on a tangent like that, my friend Max would say, “Okay, I get it, man. Christopher Sugrue, you’re a true surfer bro whose bond with the ocean cannot be denied. When your mother gave birth to you, you made a bottom turn and rode crest of the placenta on your way out. We are not worthy.”

To that, I just chuckle. Sure, I like to rip, but my amateur tube riding is nowhere near the skill of the real surfing legends.

From CHRIS SUGRUE

From CHRIS SUGRUE


Gerry Lopez’s cat-like grace and patented down-the-line soul arch wave after wave made the vertical drops and heavy tubes of the Banzai Pipeline seem easy. The Pipeline Masters competition was named after him after he won it consecutively in 1972 and 1973.

From CHRIS SUGRUE

From CHRIS SUGRUE

World champion in 1985, 1986, and 1990 before retiring from competing in the mid-nineties, Tom Curren combines the buttery-smooth, rhythmic maneuvers with raw power, blinding speed, unique check turns, and body English.

From CHRIS SUGRUE

From CHRIS SUGRUE

Fluid, fast, and fully formed, Kelly Slater won the first of nine world championships in 1992, at 20. His revolutionary power and release approach allowed him to surf above the wave, the first to integrate fully functional aerials into his repertoire.

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