Martinez, Bobby

Immensely talented pro surfer from Santa Barbara, California; world-ranked #5 in 2006; the first Mexican-American to qualify for the pro tour; known as much for his colorful anti-surf industry rants as for his powerful, stylish turns. "He's gotten where he is with blue-collar values," surf writer Brad Melekian said in 2007. "Honesty, humility, hard work. He's not at all a believer in bullshit—his own or anyone else's."

Martinez was born (1982) and raised on Santa Barbara’s west side, the wor...