Oct 24, 2018
Surfer Mag has come up with a list of "mysto surfer brands," with this definition...
"There are a few categories of what I'm calling a mysto surfer here, but really is just a non-traditional shredder. A surfer who's a little different, dances to the beat of their own drum, but who rips super hard. Weird kooks don't really count. Like, you see this surfer take off on a wave and start their own brand of schralping, just see them jog to the water board in hand, and know they're on a whole different, weird level of good surfing."
The author then goes on with a litany of potential categories...
-- Ripper guy riding really big thruster who just kills it
-- Tom Curren
-- The Last High Performance Longboard Shredder
-- Big fat dude on modern shortboard throwing massive hacks
-- Devon Howard
-- Older woman who's maybe the best log rider you've ever seen
-- Dude bodysurfing double-overhead beachbreak
-- Helmet-wearing Santa Barbara tubehound
-- Dude who wears a hooded wetsuit all-year long, no matter what, never talks to anyone, shreds so hard.
Mat surfers didn't make the cut. I guess that's not surprising. But by 2018, you'd think we'd at least make it out of the "weird kook" minor leagues and into "brand" status.
At least they opted in with a women's category. Props for that...