Anderson, Simon

Lantern-jawed Australian surfer/board designer from Narrabeen, New South Wales; world-ranked #3 in 1977, and the inventor, three years later, of the tri-fin surfboard design. "With that one startling innovation," surf journalist Sam George later wrote, "Simon reshaped the surfing style of an entire generation—and the next couple of generations to follow, for good measure."

Anderson was born (1954) in Sydney, and spent his first five years in the suburb of Balgowlah, before his father won the...