Kasuya, Shuji

Regularfoot pro surfer from Chiba, Japan; winner of the Japan Professional Surfing Association tour in 1989 and 1990; described by Surfing magazine as "the Japanese Tom Curren."

Kasuya was born (1961) and raised in Chiba, and began surfing at age 15, after becoming one of the country's top skateboarders. In 1980 he was Japan's second-ranked men's division amateur surfer; the following year he moved to Huntington Beach, California, and turned pro, returning to Chiba every three months because...