Kieren Perrow (AUS), 36, had planned on retiring following the completion of the 2013 ASP Season, shifting in to a full-time role as the new ASP Commissioner. Unfortunately for the Australian charger, his career would not end as he’d envisioned. Perrow would dislocate his shoulder in Round 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters while driving through a Backdoor barrel, exiting the last heat of his career in agonizing pain.
From surfing’s early beginnings as the “Sport of Kings” in Hawaii, it has held a certain sway over spectators and participants alike. While estimates of the number of surfers world wide vary wildly (from 5 million to 23 million), there are a select few that, for one reason or another, have left an indelible mark on surfing. The interesting thing is that in most cases, it’s not so much for the actual act of surfing, but for what they did to significantly alter the course of things to come. From the Duke to Gidget, this is a list of a ten of surfing’s most influential people.