Owens, Bobby

Congenial freckle-faced Hawaiian pro surfer from the North Shore of Oahu; world-ranked #10 in 1982, but best known for his fast and fluid riding on the North Shore of Oahu. "There is something very Zen about Bobby Owens, and the way he treats surfing," Paul Holmes wrote in 1982. "His dedication to competition is unquestionable, but he still surfs to the sound on one hand clapping."

Owens was born in Italy (1957), the son of a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and moved with his family to ...