Lopez, Cory

Nervy goofyfoot pro surfer from Indian Rocks, Florida; world-ranked #3 in 2001; younger brother to easygoing Shea Lopez, also a top world tour pro. "He's rudely talented," writer Cintra Wilson said of Wilson. "A visceral show-stealer, with diamond-hard balls."

Lopez was born (1977) and raised on Florida's Gulf Coast, and began surfing as a preschooler. He placed third in the menehune division of the 1989 United States Surfing Championships, and won the boys' division of the '91 Championships...