Hailing from Maui, Kemper spent a childhood looking up to the greatest Hawaiians from the generations before him. With no lack of motivation, Kemper is known as a hard-working young surfer ready to charge. In 2010, he won the 4-star HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, putting himself on the map and finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the ASP Hawaii Region. Kemper might be best known for his paddle-in exploits in huge Jaws, where he has already logged a lifetime of massive walls. His numerous XXL entries have included 2010 “Ride of the Year,” and 2013 “Wipeout of the Year.” In 2012, he also won the Steep & Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge. But he’s now establishing himself on the WQS, doing ASP 6-star and Prime events from the US Open to the Reef Pro El Salvador and the Pipeline Pro.

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Taylor Knox’s passion for boardsports almost ended his career before it started. At the age of 15, Knox suffered a devastating back injury while skateboarding. Doctors insisted he would never surf competitively, but after undergoing surgery for a damaged lumbar, Knox defied the harsh sentence by turning to a healthy diet, core fitness training and intense physical therapy.

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Some surfers are delivered from childhood to surf stardom. Others have rockier paths. Sometimes there is more to learn from the latter.

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The Reef family has no shortage of big wave hellions and Northern California’s Shawn Dollar is a man among fearless men. Bringing Dollar to the Sales team further established Reef’s credibility in the big wave arena.

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Sometimes it’s not easy to rise when you’re from the breadbasket. Born in iconic Laguna Beach, he now lives right next door in San Clemente, as impressive a ripper at Lower Trestles as anyone.

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