Clarke-Jones, Ross

Sleepy-eyed Australian big-wave rider from Avoca, New South Wales; winner of the 2001 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea Bay. Clarke-Jones was born in Sydney on June 6, 1966 (or 6/6/66, as surf journalist Derek Rielly gleefully pointed out in a Surfer magazine profile titled "The Devil's Playground"), and began surfing at age 10. He finished third in the men's division of the 1986 World Amateur Surfing Championships, and three months later, as a pro tour rookie competing in...