Top Male Surfers

Top Male SurfersThe top male surfers would be a subjective list and could be based on who you prefer to watch, who does the best aerials, etc.  With this in mind, my list will be objectively selected and based on how they are currently ranked on the 2016 World Surfing Championship Tour.  This list will most likely fluctuate since only three of the eleven events in this year’s Tour have been held.

Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson was born on September 29, 1988 and is from Copacabana, New South Wales, Australia.  He qualified for the ASP now known as the WSL in 2010.  He finished 24 in his rookie and has not cracked the top 10 since he entered the tour.  He wears the number 8 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $1,071,000.

Matt Wilkinson started off the 2016 season with a bang, he is currently wearing the yellow jersey and ranked number one in the World.  He has won 2 of the 3 contests held this season, winning: the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Sebastian Zietz

Top Male Surfers

Joel Parkinson

Sebastian Zietz’s hometown is Kilauea, Hawaii, USA.  He won the 2012 Triple Crown of Surfing.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship tour in 2013, and he finished 16th in his rookie year.  He has not cracked the top ten since in entered the tour.  He wears the number 14 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $765,550.

At the end of the 2015 World Surfing Championship Tour, due to a poor showing, Sebastian Zietz did qualify for the 2016 season.  He entered this season hoping to join the tour as an alternate.  Sebastian Zietz has won 1 of the 3 contest held this season, winning: the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, with this win, he is officially back on the 2016 tour.  He is currently ranked 2nd in the World.

Italo Ferreira

Italo Ferreira in 1994 and hails from Baía Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2015, and finished 7th in his rookie year.  He wears the number 15 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $324,925.

Italo Ferreira has finished 3rd in the three contest held this season, and is currently ranked number 3 in the World.  He finished 2nd at the 2015 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Kolohe Andino

Top Male Surfers

Kolohe Andino

Kolohe Andino was born on March 22, 1994 in San Clemente, California, USA.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2012, and finished 23rd in his rookie year.  He finished ranked 11th in 2014.  He wears the number 22 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $893,000.

Kolohe Andino finished 2nd at the 2016 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.  He finished 2nd at the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro.  He is currently ranked 4th in the World.

Joel Parkinson

Joel Parkinson was born on April 10, 1981 in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.  He is the 2012 World Surfing Champion and has won the Triple Crown of Surfing three times (2008, 2009 and 2010).  He is a four time runner-up, 2nd place finisher, for the World Surfing Championship Title.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2001, and finished 21st in his rookie year.  He won his first pro contest in 1999, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

Joel Parkinson wears the number 81 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $2,101,100.  He finished 3rd in the 2016 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, and his last world tour win was in 2013, he won the Oakley Pro Bali.  He is currently ranked 5th in the World.

Caio Ibelli

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Jordy Smith

Caio Ibelli was born on November 10, 1993 in Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour 2016 but was an alternate in 2015.  He has a total career winnings of $263,075.  Caio Ibelli has two 9th place finishes and one 5th place finish, thus far, in the 2016 Championship Tour season.  He is currently ranked 6th in the World.

Julian Wilson

Julian Wilson was born on November 8, 1988 in Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia.  He is a 2014 Triple Crown of Surfing winner.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2011, and finished 9th in his rookie year.  He wears the number 17 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $1,402,150.

Julian Wilson has finished in the top ten in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, in 2015 he had three 2nd place finishes.  He finished 2nd in the 2016 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, and is currently ranked 7th in the World.

Jordy Smith

Top Male Surfers

Julian Wilson

Jordy Smith was born on February 11, 1988 in Durban, South Africa.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2008, and finished 26th in his rookie year.  He finished runner-up to Kelly Slater in 2010 for the World Surfing Championship Title.  He wears the number 23 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $1,375,250.

Jordy Smith was injured most of 2015 and his last tour win was at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.  He finished 2nd to Matt Wilkinson at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.  He is currently ranked 8th in the World.

Nat Young

Nat Young’s Santa Cruz, California, USA.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2013, and finished 8th in his rookie year.  He wears the number 2 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $677,350.

Nat Young has finished runner-up twice in 2013, at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.  He also finished runner-up in 2014, at the Fiji Pro.  He has two 5th place finishes, thus far, in the 2016 World Championship Tour.  He is currently ranked 9th in the World.

Adrian Buchan

Adrian Buchan was born on September 21, 1982 in Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2006, and finished 44th in his rookie year.  His best World Championship Tour finish was in 2008, were he placed 6th.  He wears the number 21 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $1,107,800.

Adrian Buchan last tour win came in 2013 at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, were he beat Kelly Slater.  He finished 5th at the 2016 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and is currently ranked 10th in the World.

Adriano de Souza

Adriano de Souza was born on February 13, 1987 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He is the reigning and defending World Surfing Champion, he won the title in 2015.  He qualified for the World Surfing Championship Tour in 2006, and finished 20th in his rookie year.  He has finished 5th three times in the World Surfing Championship Title.  He wears the number 13 on his jersey and has a total career winnings of $1,753,700.

Adriano de Souza is the second Brazilian to win the World Surfing Championship, the first is Gabriel Medina.  His 2016 season has started off slow, for him, and he has one 5th place finish and two 13th place finishes.  He is currently ranked 13th in the World.

In Conclusion

This list of the Top Male Surfers is strictly based on the 2016 WSL results (see worldsurfleague.com) and the top 10 ranked surfer thus far plus I had to add the reigning and defending World Surfing Champion.  Only 3 of the scheduled 11 events have been run, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see changes in the current rankings.

Check out my post: “Hottest Women Surfers.”

Thanks for dropping in and should you have any comments or questions, please post it in the comments section of this page.

4 thoughts on “Top Male Surfers

  1. Hi Stuart,

    This was a pleasant article to read about male surfers:)
    I always dreamed to surf, but never did something with this dream:(
    However, I always enjoy seeing surfers when I am on vacation or on the beach. I leave 2 minutes from the sea and most of the children here surf, but they still don’t go to competitions for the moment. I will show them this great article, I am sure they will be inspired by these incredible surfers.
    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    • Hi Daniella, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I didn’t start surfing until I was in my early 40s and at one point saw no point to it. I surfed once and was hooked for life. If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy my post “Hottest Women Surfers.”

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. Can you imagine how amazing it’d be to have a career in surfing? To get paid to go out every day and catch the waves, enter into competitions, and more? They really are living the life! I was never big into surfing until a couple years ago some friends and I went for my birthday. It was so exhilarating and the most fun I’d had in a long time! Reading about each of these pro surfers just brings those memories back 🙂

    • Hi JCamden, Many of the pro surfer actually say the exact same thing, how they have a great job which allows them to do the thing they love.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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