We have opined elsewhere in these pages on the best poo-stances in the business, but what about the best surfing styles? And what does it even mean, anyway, to have a good or bad surfing style?
Surfing with a poo-stance doesn’t imply that you are a second- or third-rate person, despite what (second- or third-rate) people may tell you. A link has yet to be established between unsightly arm-flapping and moral laxity or dull conversation or general unpleasantness.
By the same token, there’s little reason to believe that the stylish surfer will be a more reliable witness in court, a deeper thinker, or better value in the pub. No: good surfing style is just good surfing style, and something to be treasured in its own right.
As for the best surfing styles — let’s confine ourselves, for the sake of argument, to the thruster era and onwards — six of them surely belong to belong to Messrs Curren, Irons, Rastovich, Parkinson, Machado, and Miss Gilmore. Smoother than a newly shampooed otter, every one of them.
“Curren could surf better than anyone who could surf more stylishly, and more stylishly than anyone who could surf better”