SAN CLEMENTE, California/USA (Monday, August 22, 2011) – Taylor Knox (USA), 40, is one of the most respected surfers in the world, and has been for quite some time now. Big waves, small waves, full rail, barrels, points, pits, etc….TK can pretty well do it all. He’s held the banner high for power surfing and is universally regarded as the master of the rail. The fact that he is 40 and still battling amongst the world’s best is a testament to the man’s fitness, his ability to adapt and his timeless style. Surfing Magazine recently caught up with Carlsbad’s finest to get his thoughts on everything under the sun. This…is his story…
Power surfing used to be the gauge of what a good surfer was. Back in the day it was style, but when we moved out of the longboard era it was style and power that set you apart from everybody else. That’s when you had such great surfers like Simon Anderson, Dane Kealoha. Then there was Occy, [Tom] Carroll, [Martin] Potter.
When I was growing up I was a huge fan of Tom Curren, and I just remember it was like, “Why does he stand apart from all of the other guys?” And the thing I saw as a kid growing up was how strong he was. You kind of had to be back then because he was competing against guys like Gary Elkerton, Tom Carroll, Pottz and Luke Egan and that was where it was at —going fast and turning hard and using your rail. I gravitated towards that.
Power surfing still has plenty of fans, and I think that if it ever went away, surfing would almost be a different sport, because it’s so embedded in our history and where we come from.
I mean, the new aerial surfing is amazing for sure. I watch it, but you’ve got guys like Dane and Jordy who can do both. So I think the future, and where those two are taking it, is not just saying one’s better than the other — you can’t just…
Full feature at SURFING MAG’S ‘And Now, A Few Words from Taylor Knox’
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For more on Taylor Knox, check out his ASP World Tour Profile