Paterson brothers, Jake and Paul

Rough-and-tumble regularfoot brothers from Yallingup, Western Australia, whose surfing seems to improve in direct proportion to the size and danger of the waves. "The sort of blokes," Steve Smith, Jake's trainer, said in 2000, "you'd want in your bunker during wartime."

In 1996, 23-year-old Jake won the ASP World Qualifying Series tour; in 1998 he won the Pipeline Masters over local favorite Bruce Irons with a thrilling last-second barrel, and ended the season world-ranked #9; in 2000 he won...