Tom Curren is a surfing legend. Born in 1964 in Santa Barbara, Tom has become renowned as one of the best surfers to ever grace the planet. Tom is also a very accomplished musician and this year will play at the Boardmasters Beach session on Wednesday 10th (at Fistral beach) and the View on Friday 12th (at Watergate). Here are 7 reasons why we love Tom Curren...
1. His Style
Being born in Santa Barbara meant that Tom was blessed to have one of the best right hand point breaks in the world on his doorstep, Rincon Point. This was the perfect wave for Tom to perfect his individual style on. Tom’s style combines smooth, rhythmic, seamlesslesly linked surf manoeuvres with blinding speed and raw power.
2. Three time world champion
Tom started to compete at an early age and quickly started to win a lot of contests. He joined the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals, now the WSL) in 1983 and won his first world championship in 1985. He won again in 1986 and 1990. In total Tom won 33 championship events in his professional career which has been only bettered by Kelly Slater.
3. Tom Won Boardmasters three times
Tom is the only man in history to have one the Boardmasters Men’s Open three time. Tom won in 1985, 1986 and 1991.
4. Tom loves his Music
Tom started to play music when he was 15 years old and plays the drums, guitar, bass and way more. Much like his surfing, Tom has mastered his musical skills and is highly regarded as great guitar player. Tom’s first band was called Skipping Urchins who did a full tour of America in the early 90’s. Tom now performs with his band and this is one of his last releases back in 2012
5. Still ripping in his 50’s
Aged 50 Tom took part in the inaugural heritage series at the WSL J-Bay event. Tom went on to post a perfect score of 10 points. This was Tom’s wave
6. Tom surfs weird boards
Tom has surfed the best waves all over the world. When its crowded he does not fight for the best waves, he lets everyone else take them. Instead Tom likes to keep things difference and exciting by surfing everything from the weird and wonderful. This year, at the Rincon Classic, Tom made the final in double over head waves surfing a skim board….. Yes, that’s right, a skim board.
7. Tom revolutionised the ‘fish’
After making an ASP comeback in 1993, Tom arrived in France with a small retro board (A twin fin fish). Tom went on to beat the world number 8 and showed everyone can ride this style of board in a performance manner. Since then, every surfer was wanted to own a retro board as part of their quiver, and emulate the style and grace of Tom. Tom has worked with Skip Frye since to really develop the fish shape.