Shane Herring

Byron Bay, 2013

[Kelly Slater] would be thinking, “How did this little Australian drunk beat me!”

A slightly longer version of Vaughan Blakey’s interview with Shane Herring ran in the April 2013 issue of Surfing World Magazine. Herring was the closest thing Australia had to an answer to Kelly Slater in 1992—Herring in fact beat Slater in their first and only finals encounter, at that year’s Coke event. By 1995, however, he was off the tour, and for the next decade, as Blakey reports, Herring “suffered from an alcohol and drug addiction that would cost him friendships, work, his health, an...