Byrne, Chris "Critta"

Rambunctious Australian pro surfer, world-ranked #8 in 1980. Byrne was born (1960) and raised in Wollongong, New South Wales; by the time he turned pro in 1977—just after winning the juniors division of the Australian National Titles—his older brother Phil was one of Australia's best-known surfboard shapers.

Surf magazines labeled Byrne and future two-time world champion Tom Carroll the "Australian Aggronauts," for their aggressive, even pushy, mode of attack, on land and water. Byrne was or...