Smith, Davey

Fast, compact, innovative goofyfooter from Santa Barbara, California, best known as a pioneer of the floater maneuver in the late 1970s. Smith was born in Los Angeles (1958), moved with his family to Santa Barbara at age three, and began surfing at 10. His method of "whitewater ripping," as Surfing magazine described it, was in part a response to Santa Barbara's small, crumbly, almost shapeless summer waves; whereas other surfers had little use for the wave after it closed out, Smith began ba...