Surfing stories in the SI Vault

An Odd Sport And An Unusual Champion By Gilbert Rogin, October 18, 1965 Once a sport enjoyed by a mere handful of thrill-seeking nuts, surfing has become the province of a mass of middle-class nuts who like to perform on small waves. Queen of these hot-doggers is Joyce Hoffman, who wins laughing at sea (right) and smiles when she collects her trophies (above).

Riding The Wave Of The East Coast's Surfing Boom By Bob Ottum, July 18, 1966 Californian Phil Edwards, the world's best on a board, celebrates the sport's startling surge along the Atlantic beaches.

The Closest Thing To Being Born By Curry Kirkpatrick, February 22, 1971 Body surfers are prone to hyperbole, but anyone who rides the waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif knows whereof he speaks. With breakers up to 22 feet, it's the hairiest trip going -- unless you count Brutal.

Riding The Wave Of The Future By Armen Keteyian, July 8, 1995 American surfing has finally found a hero in Tommy Curren, a kid from California who's making big waves on the international pro circuit.

The Beloved Duke Of Waikiki By Jim Gullo, September 17, 1990 Duke Kahanamoku starred in two Olympics and made surfing popular worldwide.

The Last Ride By Richard Hoffer, January 9, 1995 A treacherous surfing site claimed the life of big-wave legend Mark Foo.

Safety Last By Jeff MacGregor, February 25, 2000 For Laird Hamilton a day without the possibility of a spectacular death is like a day without sunshine.

Cooler Than Thou By Karl Taro Greenfeld, February 18, 2005 Quiksilver, which began with one pair of shorts, is now a billion-dollar company that sells the look and attitude of hard-core surfers. Staying on that cutting edge requires constant vigilance ... and the wisdom of Mr. Sunset.

Who Owns This Wave? By Mark Borden, April 18, 2005 Free access or resort guests only? A slice of perfect surf a mile off tony Tavarua Island in Fiji underscores the sport's crucial debate.

The Jaws Paradigm By Susan Casey, August 7, 2006 Laird Hamilton was once one of only a handful of men with skill and the guys to ride the massive and murderous wave known as Jaws. But then came the bounty hunters and thrill-seekers, and the world's most dangerous sport suddenly got a whole lot scarier.

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