Rudolph, Gavin

Lanky regularfoot surfer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa; surprise winner of the 1971 Smirnoff Pro-Am at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, and one of the first to ride Supertubes at Jeffreys Bay.

Rudolph began surfing in 1962 at age nine near his Port Elizabeth home; not long after his 15th birthday he flew to Puerto Rico to compete in the 1968 World Surfing Championships. Later that year, he and 1968 Australian Titles champ Keith Paull became the first surfers to ride long, spiraling waves at Supertu...