Oberholzer, Frankie

Camera-friendly pro surfer from Warner Beach, South Africa. Oberholzer was born (1972) in Port Elizabeth, raised in Warner Beach, south of Durban, and began riding waves at age nine on a discarded ironing board. He proved to be a surfer of rare talent, with only a passing interest—and virtually no skill—in organized competition.

In 1991 the amiable and somewhat aimless regularfooter signed a four-year contract with Rip Curl International (later extending for another six years) to be photogra...