No nicknames required

Looking ahead at who's coming up in Santa Cruz

Updated: April 16, 2012, 7:27 PM ET
By Jake Howard

In the early '90s the Santa Cruz surf scene appeared on the map thanks to a crew that was heavy in vermin-themed nicknames: Flea, Rat Boy, the Condor, Skin Dog, etc. They graced magazine spreads, made movies, and won big-wave contests. Some are still at it, some graduated to industry jobs, while others had their lives altered by substance abuse. One way or another, they're all grown up today, which leaves the slate clean for those just now coming up.


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