In the footsteps of Duke

There's only one surfer in the sport's history who was as influential as Slater.

Updated: November 9, 2010, 12:53 PM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN Action Sports

This might sound like a stretch, but in the 100-year pantheon of modern surf history, there are two surfers who stand head and shoulders above the rest. Considering how many characters, charlatans, icons and legends the sport has seen in the past century, that's saying a lot, but stay with me here.

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