Jennings, James "Chappy"

Australian goofyfooter from Queensland's Gold Coast; often remembered as the elfin sidekick to world tour stars Wayne Bartholomew and Gary Elkerton, but a hard-charging surfer in his own right. "Chappy's radical, quick, and stylish," Line Up magazine wrote in 1984, "and one of the gutsiest surfers in Australia today."

Jennings was born (1965) in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, the son of a contractor, grew up in Victoria and South Australia, and began surfing at age 10. Three years later he ran aw...