Tudor, Joel

Supernaturally graceful goofyfooter from Del Mar, California; two-time winner of the World Longboard Championships, and a model of surfing form and fluidity. Tudor was born (1976) and raised in San Diego, California, the son of a general contractor, and began surfing at age five; at 10 he quit riding shortboards to focus exclusively on longboards, and in his early and midteens he was mentored by '60s surf titans Nat Young and Donald Takayama.

By 16, Tudor had become the pencil-thin Raphael o...