Herring, Shane

Meteoric Australian pro surfer from Sydney's Dee Why Beach; world-ranked #4 in 1992. Herring was born (1971) in Manly, New South Wales, to a lifeguard father and barmaid mother, and began surfing as a toddler. In his teen years he developed a low, streamlined crouch, and cornered through turns with the precision of a Formula One driver; when he turned pro in 1991 he was described by Waves magazine as having "the purest style" of his generation.

Herring had no amateur career to speak of. His ...