Thomas, Marty

Polished, methodical regularfoot surfer and surf contest organizer from Haleiwa, Hawaii, by way of Southern California; world-ranked #9 in 1991. Thomas was born Marty McClaurey in 1967 in Downey, California, began surfing at age four, and was runner-up in the menehune division of the 1980 United States Surfing Championships. The following year he moved to Hawaii, and in 1985 he changed his surname to Thomas, his mother's maiden name.

Thomas didn't win an event in his 11-year world tour pro c...