Who are the best surfers in America right now?

santacruzin

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If you love love love pro surfing can you ever complain about crowds? Should other non pro obsessed surfers get your waves ?

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If you love love love pro surfing can you ever complain about crowds? Should other non pro obsessed surfers get your waves ?

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If a WCT pro falls off the tour and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
 
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I think they're all talented. Hate to admit it, they all surf the same to me.

But if I were choose a surfer(s) to watch: Kolohe Andino OR Mason Ho.

But hell, you can't stop watching Dane Reynolds.
 

Waterlogged05

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the people's champ.

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it is crazy how nimble he is when it looks like the only training he does is the 12oz lift
 
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Ivan Florence is so good when you see him in person.
Saw Yadin Nicol in person a while back and it was obvious he was a cut above everyone else out surfing that day. Just going faster, turning harder and blowing up in the air. Like it or not, there's a reason these guys get paid to surf.



His kid was out too and doing proper top turns and round houses. It was kind of funny because he was so small but surfing like an adult pro.

 
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VonMeister

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Saw Yadin Nicol in person a while back and it was obvious he was a cut above everyone else out surfing that day. Just going faster, turning harder and blowing up in the air. Like it or not, there's a reason these guys get paid to surf.

I surfed with him at the Ventura harbor late one morning. It was us and a couple other guys out on a solid head high day. Mind blowing how easy he made things look.
 

Subway

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The best are doing a whole different thing in the water when they’re out there. I’m not going to claim Balaram stack as the best North American surfer, but hes definitely elite level, and when he’s surfing a good tropical or even winter swell at home, he‘s just on some whole different plane of surfing. It’s not just one thing, it’s that he has all of it. Power, style, speed, that effortless way those guys make sections and make huge turns in sections most good surfers would just be happy to make, let alone shralp the snot out of it, or just decide to boost an alley oop over said section, or back door it etc