Steele, Taylor

Reticent and industrious surf video producer-distributor from Solana Beach, California; creator of the genre-changing Momentum in 1992, and by far the best-selling surf video entrepreneur of the '90s and '00s. "Basically, we don't know what we like," young pro surfer Kalani Robb said in 1998, when asked to comment on the popularity of Steele's videos. "Taylor knows what we like, puts it in the video, and goes, Hey, this is cool. He makes it cool."

Steele was born (1972) and raised in north S...