Hoy, Matt

Cheerful beer-loving metalhead pro surfer from Merewether, New South Wales, Australia; winner of the Pro Junior in 1991, and world-ranked #5 in 1997. "When Matt's motivated, he's one of the best surfers in the world," photographer Peter Wilson said of Hoy in 1994. "But it's very rare for him to be that motivated."

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 amateur competitive record to speak of, when fe...