Elkerton, Gary

Blunt, brawny, hot-headed Australian power surfer from Queensland's Sunshine Coast; world title runner-up in 1987, 1990, and 1993; Triple Crown winner in 1987 and 1989; self-described as a "half-mad ball of pure aggresion."

Elkerton was born in 1964, and spent much of his childhood at sea on his father's Queensland-based shrimp trawler, gaining a measure of formal education through correspondence courses. He began surfing at age 13, after his family settled in the resort town of Mooloolaba, ...