Hoy, Matt

Beer-loving metal-head pro surfer from Merewether, New South Wales, Australia; winner of the Pro Junior in 1991, and world-ranked #5 in 1997. Hoy was born (1971) and raised in Newcastle, and said he decided to become a full-time touring surfer in 1989, even though he had no competitive record to speak of, when fellow Australian pro Luke Egan grabbed him by the shirt collar and told him, "C'mon, Hoyo, you're going out there with me."

The regularfooted Hoy cast his lot with the tour's hard dri...