Who is your favorite Aussie Pro? If you’re like me you may have grown up with a blend of Aussy and US surf heroes. Sometimes these days its hard to imagine how fierce the rivalry between these two nations has been in the past. The following article will highlight for you some of Australia’s most competitive surfers. For a country with over 2.5 million surfers and some of the best waves in the world we shouldn’t be surprised that world tour rankings are saturated by these names each year.
Looking back on this years pro tour I think it’s safe to include Owen Wright on this mini list. Born in 1990 in Beach, New South Wales, Wright has definitely proven himself as a charger at Teahupo’o and as a competitor by sparking up showdown’s with Kelly Slater. At only only about 21 years of age Owen Wright also makes the author, only a few years his senior, feel like an old man.
Taj Burrow born of Busselton West Australia was born in 1978. For many Taj defined the progressive surfing that we still see today. With an entire bag of aggressive aerial and carving And many are still dying to see Burrow pull a world title win. Check out this clip above from the surf film Fair Bits, this is a great video to check out, it even has a Ben Stiller cameo.
Joel “Parko” Parkinson was born in 1981 in Nambour. At ten wins in ASP events and two-perfect tens at 2008 Pipe-Masters event Parko is a force to be reckoned with. Check out this clip from Free as a Dog a movie dedicated to Parko and friends. This film was made by legendary surf cinematographer Jack McCoy
Mick Fanning born in 1982, Pennith NSW, is known as one of the fastest surfers on tour. He’s also the proud owner of two world titles. Watch his speedy lines in this clip of his contest surfing. It’s not hard to see why his nickname is “White Lightning.”
With plenty of up-and-comers nipping at their heels Australia is assured a future of crazy talented rippers in professional surfing. Don’t even get me started on all the crazy talented guys and gals who aren’t on the World Tour… maybe next time.
Who else should be on this list?
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