To discover some of the most successful international surfers who are currently surfing in the World Surfing League, simply continue reading to discover 5 of the top surfers around the world. Some of whom who you may have already heard of.
5 Of the Top Surfers Around the World:
1. Gabriel Medina – Brazil
Gabriel Medina was born in Sao Paulo Brazil and in 2016 became the first surfer to land a backflip in professional competition. Medina started surfing at the tender young age of 9 and in 2009 Medina became the youngest man to ever win the Maresias Surf International competition which took place in his homeland of Brazil. Since 2009 Medina has become a household name. In recent years Medina became the 2014 World Champion, the 2015 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion and has won 9 individual WSL Championship Tour events.
2. Frederico Morais – Portugal
Frederico Morais is a Portuguese professional surfer who was ranked the 13th most successful surfer in 2017. In 2017 Morais won $149,000 in prize money and placed 2nd JBay Open, which is an annual event which is held in Jeffrey’s Bay in Cape Town in South Africa and has previously been won by surf legend Kelly Slater.
In 2017 Morais also placed 5th at The Hurley Pro at Trestles, which is part of the ASP World Tour and takes place Trestles California and placed 5th at the Margaret River Pro which is currently part of the World Surfing League.
3. Jordy Smith – South Africa
Jordy Smith was born in Durban, South Africa who qualified to join the World Championship Tour after winning the World Qualifying Series in 2007. Since joining the World Championship Tour Smith has won 6 events, which include the Rip Curl Bells Beach event in Australia, the Hurley Pro at Trestles, the Billabong Pro J-Bay and the Billabong Rio Pro. Smith is also known for his two signature moves the rodeo flip and his full rotation alley-oops.
4. Julian Wright – Australia
At the end of 2017, Australian born Julian Wright was ranked the 3rd highest ranked professional surfer in the world and earned around $1.5 million dollars in prize money. So far Julian Wright has racked up 4 ASP World Tour wins. In 2012 Wright won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in 2014 Wright took out the top spot at the 2014 Billabong Pipeline Masters, in 2017 Wright won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti and in 2018 Wright won the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast. Wrights favorite moves include barrels and air reverses.
5. Jeremey Flores – France
Jeremy Flores is the top French surfer in the world and also the most successful European professional surfers in history. Flores started surfing at the age of 3 and has accumulated 3 championship tour victories, which include 2 Pipe Masters and a win at the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o.
So if you’re a fan of watching professional surfing events and are interesting in following the careers of a few of the world’s most successful international surfers, it’s definitely well worth following the careers of the five professional surfers listed above. All of whom have carved out incredible careers and are sure to impress in the future.