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Southern California Surfing at its Finest

1990′s

SurfPedia™ History of Surfing

by Skip Snead

1990
*January. The second Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau goes off at Waimea Bay and Hawaii’s Keone Downing wins the contest. And although Keone won, a crew of surfers, including Brock Little and Richard Schmidt, took big wave surfing to new heights with their do or die approach to the giant surf.
*Australia’s Pam Burridge wins women’s ASP World Title.
*Half Moon Bay, California’s Jeff Clarke reveals a mysto big wave break called Mavericks to a few close friends and big wave surfing officially arrives north of the Mexican border.
*Australian Tom Carroll wins the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
*America’s Tom Curren comes out of semi-retirement to win his third ASP World Title.

1991
*California’s mysto big wave spot Mavericks is exposed to the world in an issue of Surfer Magazine in an article entitled Cold Sweat.
*Kelly Slater allegedly signs multi-million dollar contract with Quiksilver.
*Wendy Botha wins third women’s ASP World Title.
*Tom Carroll wins the Pipeline Masters for the second time in a row.
*Australia’s Damien Hardman wins second ASP World Title four years after his first.

1992
*Kelly Slater joins the world tour full time.
*November. Laird Hamilton and Buzzy Kerbox pioneer the tow-in surfing movement on the North Shore of Oahu at Outside Backyards by pulling each other into huge waves using a Zodiac.
*Taylor Steele releases Momentum, the surf video that introduced the New School.
*Kelly Slater wins the Pipeline Masters his first full year on the world tour.
*Kelly Slater wins the ASP World Title his rookie year to become the youngest world champion at only 20 years old.
*Wendy Botha wins fourth women’s ASP World Title.
*Kelly Slater meets Pam Anderson while working the set of Hollywood’s smash hit Bay Watch for a reported $13,000 per episode.
*Clothing manufacturer Volcom Stone is born in Newport Beach, CA.

1993
*January. Laird Hamilton and Buzzy Kerbox, who developed the tow-in thing using a Zodiac, take their act to Maui and pull each other into waves at Jaws. Local psycho Mike Waltz joins them and they are the first people to surf Jaws rather than just sailboard it.
*A year after Kelly Slater became the youngest world champion, Hawaii’s Derek Ho wins the Pipe Masters and the ASP World Title to become the oldest world champion in history.
*Australian Pauline Menczer wins women’s ASP World Title.

1994
*Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, Darrick Doerner, Peter Cabrinha, Dave Kalama and others create a tow-in super team and tow-in surf Jaws religiously.
*The Monster that is Teahupoo in Tahiti is exposed to the world when a photographer only known by Hank delivers the photographic evidence to Surfing Magazine, which then ran the shots on the cover of their May issue.
*Santa Cruz’s Jay Moriarty jumps off a boat and into surfing history at Mavericks. He takes off on a wave and ends up taking the most spectacular wipeout ever captured on film. The wipeout put both Jay and Mavericks on the map.
*Hawaiian big wave surfing legend Mark Foo travels from Hawaii to surf the pounders at Mavericks in Northern California. After a few hours of bliss, Foo catches a rail dropping into a 15-foot wave and disappears from sight. Foos lifeless body is later recovered, and the world of surfing loses its first surfing hero in a surfing accident. Suddenly, Foo and Mavericks become household names and big wave surfing changes forever.
*Florida’s Lisa Andersen wins women’s ASP World Title.
*Kelly Slater wins the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii enroute to his second ASP World Title.

1995
*Norwegian Snowboarder Terje Haakonsen wins the world’s first Flowrider Event (a standing wave event) in Norway competing against an international field of surfers, skaters and snowboarders, including Brock Little and Tony Hawk.
*Kelly Slater wins third Pipeline Masters and (second consecutive) ASP World Title.
*Quiksilver sales reach $150 million worldwide.
*Lisa Andersen wins second consecutive women’s ASP World Title.

1996
*February. Surfing Magazine Senior Editor Skip Snead and professional surfer Shawn “Barney” Barron invent the aerial contest. The Surfing Airshow Series, which features by invite only 12 of the world’s best aerial surfers, puts high performance/competitive aerial surfing on the map. Shawn “Barney” Barron oddly enough wins $500 for whipping out the two best aerials of the day.
*Lisa Andersen wins third consecutive women’s ASP World Title.
*Kelly Slater wins fourth Pipeline Masters event and record-tying fourth ASP World Title.

1997
*February 13. Hawaiian professional surfer Todd Chesser, 28, drowns while surfing 12- to 15-foot surf at Outside Alligators on the North Shore of Oahu. He is the third professional surfer in three years to drown in big waves.
*With over fifteen National Titles to its credit, Huntington Beach High School becomes the most decorated amateur surfing team in history.
*Da Hui holds their Backdoor Shootout and Kelly Slater walks away with $35,000 for first place.
*November 13. Pioneer aerial surfer Christian Fletcher becomes the first Aerial World Surfing Champion after winning the final event of the Surfing Magazine Airshow Series at Ho’okipa on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.
*San Diego, CA’s Shannon Payne MacIntyre is recognized as the world’s first female shaper when Surfing Magazine interviews her in the September 1997 issue.
*Hawaii’s Johnny Boy Gomes wins Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
*Lisa Andersen wins record-breaking fourth consecutive women’s ASP World Title.
*Kelly Slater wins fifth ASP World Title (fourth consecutive) and ties Mark Richards for the most consecutive world titles.

1998
*January 28. The Biggest Day Ever Surfed on Oahu and Maui. Called The Biggest Wednesday at Outside Log Cabins, and Jaws on Maui, a small crew of tow-in surfers rode waves in upwards of 40-feet. Ken Bradshaw is credited with catching the biggest wave at Outer Log Cabins on the North Shore. Biggest waves since the Winter of ’69.
*Surfing Girl, the first real female surfing magazine hits the stands as a supplement to Surfing Magazine, the world’s leading surfing publication.
*February 16. Taylor Knox, a professional surfer from Carlsbad, CA paddles in and catches the wave of the El Nino winter during the Reef Brazil Big Wave Team World Championships at Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico. Taylor’s wave didn’t win him the contest, but it did win him $50,000 for winning the highly documented K2 Big Wave Challenge.
*West Australia’s Jake Paterson wins the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
*Australia’s Layne Beachley wins women’s ASP World Title.
*Kelly Slater wins sixth ASP World Title (fifth consecutive) breaking the tie with Mark Richards to become the most decorated professional surfer in history.

1999
*March 22. Sarah Gerhardt, 24, from Santa Cruz, CA rides three waves and becomes the first woman to ever surf big wave spot Mavericks in Half Moon Bay.
*Daryl “Flea” Virostko wins the Quiksilver Men Who Ride Mountains event at Mavericks.
*Billygoat Productions (Bill Ballard film with Ryan Ray on edit board) These Are Better Days is released.
*Kelly Slater wins record-breaking fifth Pipeline Masters.
*Mark Occhilupo wins ASP World Title at 32 years old.
*Australia’s Layne Beachley wins second women’s ASP World Title.

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Jeff Clark

Lisa Anderson

Taylor Knox

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