The surf/skate industry was worth $7.22 billion in 2008, during the worst period of the economic crash, according to the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA).
Yes, past the coolness and rebellion, you will old balding guys in Armani suits waving their batons to the direction they want to go.
And among the biggest stars that are getting waved here and there, these are the best ones.
10. Jose Tomas
He is earning a minimum 300,000 euros per fight.
He is undoubtedly one of the best bullfighters, if not the best, to have ever lived. When he goes into the ring, or whatever it that is called, you will just feel that he really doesn’t give a damn.
9. Guillaume Nery
Sports: Free Diver
He broke the world record in 2002 at -87 meters in the Villefranche-sur-Mer harbour, in Alpes-Maritimes, France. Then, in 2004, he pushed the record to -96 meters in Saint-Leu, la Réunion. On September 6, 2006, he broke the record again at -109 meters in Nice (this record was subsequently broken by Herbert Nitsch at -112 meters in November 2007).
On July 3, 2008, Aaron Butel and Partners Ltd dove to -113 meters and set a new world record.
On April 4, 2010, Herbert Nitsch beat Aaron Butel and dove to -124 meters a new world record in Bahamas.
8. Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov
They developed SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. It was developed under the orders of Stalin during the political purges of 1937 after accusations of being a Japanese spy. Oshchepkov spent much of his life living in Japan and training judo under its founder Kano Jigoro. The two men independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-polinated and became what is known as Sambo. Compared to Oshchepkov’s judo based system, then called “Freestyle Wrestling”, Spiridonov’s style was softer and less strength dependent. This was in large part due to Spiridonov’s injuries sustained during World War I.
7. Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk is a California-born professional skateboarder with an estimated net worth of $120 million dollars. Tony Hawk has won Gold at 10 X.
6. Ed Viesturs
Sports: Mountain Climbers
He is one of only 26 people and the only one from the United States to have climbed all eight-thousander peaks. He has summited peaks of more than 8,000 meters for a total of 21 times, including Mount Everest seven times, which makes him the third person with most total summits, behind Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa and the Basque climber Juanito Oiarzabal who have reached 25 summits. He has reached all of the aforementionned summits without supplementary oxygen.
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