DOUG / YOUNG

New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

One of the only non-com­pet­i­tive surfers to make the list, Doug built his ca­reer on pi­o­neer­ing NZ big wave spots and charg­ing many of the world’s most dan­ger­ous waves. Hail­ing from Christchurch, Doug’s no fear and at all costs at­ti­tude shot his name into the lime­light, not that he was seek­ing fame, he would be more than happy out pad­dling solo over close out 30 foot­ers stacked to the hori­zon some­where in the Deep South. But it was this type of surf­ing that gained him mas­sive re­spect from his peers. Doug was the first kiwi to re­ally charge se­ri­ous waves. Tak­ing on 60 foot Jaws, 20 foot Teahupoo, Mack­ing Mav­er­icks and Dun­geons in South Africa. Back home his sin­gle hand­edly drove the big wave tow and pad­dle surf­ing push, of­ten solo surf­ing 20 foot Pa­p­a­towai or throw­ing him­self over dry reef slabs. Pi­o­neer­ing many waves around the Otago and Fiord­land Coast­line.

ABOVE: The wave that pro­pelled Doug into in­ter­na­tional star­dom and run­ner up in the Bil­l­abong XXL Awards for ‘Ride Of The Year’. Photo: Cory

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