Virostko, Darryl "Flea"

Hard-charging, hard-partying surfer from Santa Cruz, California; winner of the Maverick's big-wave contest in 1999, 2000 and 2004. "Flea's psycho," Hawaiian big-wave surfer  Brock Little said in 2000. "He's not scared of anything. He's going for it when eveybody else is pulling back."

Virostko was born (1971) and raised in Santa Cruz, the son of a landscaper father and a nurse-Jazzercize instructor mother, and began surfing at age four. The adolescent Virostko was nicknamed "Flea" for being ...