Gomes, Johnny-Boy

Snarling regularfooter from Makaha, Oahu; winner of the 1997 Pipeline Masters, and a power surfer for the ages. "He's outrageously talented," Australian surf journalist Tim Baker wrote of Gomes in 1993, before noting that the menacing and heavily muscled Hawaiian had also "soured more surf sessions for more people than any surfer alive."

Gomes was born (1965) and raised in Makaha, the son of a roofer father and waitress mother, and began surfing at age six. At 12 he was sent to a juvenile de...