DOUG / YOUNG
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