Derek Hynd, Chile. Photo: O’Brien
A former middling pro who lost an eye in the early 80’s to a leash accident (like Jack O’Neill) who went on to become known as one of the sport’s most celebrated leftfield thinkers. Hynd wrote the Surfer Mag Top 44 reviews in the 80/90’s that everyone still wants to copy. He once wrote a Slater tribute that was about 500 words long consisting of 490 gushing adjectives separated by full stops. Some of his ideas, like The Search, were pretty decent, others, like the rebel IS tour, less so. Recently he’s explored much in the realm of finless surfing. Certainly one of the most quotable surfer/philosopher/scribes ever. Look him up.