Potter, Martin

Volatile regularfoot surfer from Durban, South Africa; world pro tour champion in 1989, and an early proponent of aerial surfing. "Many young surfers today are still slightly scared of Potter," Surfing magazine noted in "Pottz: Last of the Wildmen," an article published in 1995, one year after Potter retired from the pro tour. "He's a big, hulking, hairy beast with a tough-guy snarl and the ineffable air of cool."

Potter was born (1965) in Blyth, England, the son of an engineer father and ba...