Dane Reynolds

When kids on the beach were asked about who'd they'd most like to surf with, the answer nine times out of ten was Dane Reynolds. Part of that comes from his go-for-broke style. And a little more of the attraction is due to Reynolds' disregard for convention. But mostly it's his better-than-everybody ability that's most inspiring. "Dane's one of my favorites," testifies 16-year-old Kolohe Andino, who was spotted talking board design with Reynolds between heats and makes no secret the influence Reynolds has had on him. But then when somebody like Kelly Slater calls him the best surfer in the world, of course it's going to have an impression on the youth of America. (Jason Kenworthy)