Tom Curren

Tom Curren is an American surfer.

Tom Curren
Personal information
BornSanta Barbara, California, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)

Professional careerEdit

By the time Curren hit the ASP World Tour in 1983, he was taking out pros such as Rabbit Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, and Cheyne Horan.

He was world champion three times - 1985, 1986, 1990, and won 33 championship events in his professional career, the latter being a total only bettered by Kelly Slater. He achieved status both for his competitive drive and for his surfing style. He made a decision to retire from competitive surfing in the mid-1990s.

In 1990, at Margaret River, Curren rode a wave all the way from the take-off zone to the Rivermouth - roughly a 1200-foot ride. He then had to walk back to Mainbreak from the Rivermouth to re-enter the surf. Those who saw it say it has never been repeated, in or out of competition.[1]

Curren still surfs in contests on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS.) He is also often invited to surf in World Championship Tour (WCT) trials or contests as a wildcard. He has competed in the Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest[2] for 3 years in a row, surfing on the Switchfoot team.

In his five-year rise to World Surfing Champion Curren appeared under a contract with surfboard company Channel Islands. He co-produced and rode pro surfboard models such as the Black Beauty and the Red Beauty. [3]

Early in his professional career he signed with OP swimwear then later changed sponsorships deals to Rip Curl Wetsuits and Clothing.

The Fish RevolutionEdit

After his hiatus, Curren temporarily re-appeared at an ASP Surfing Competition in France in 1993, armed with a 1970s 5'5" Twin Fin he'd reportedly bought second hand in a New Jersey Surf Shop (Surfers Supplies in Ocean City, NJ). He entered and proceeded to beat Matt Hoy, who was ranked 8th in the world at the time. Curren showed the world how to use the fish board and how to use it with a modern style of surfing. Curren has collaborated on retro fish and egg designs with surfcraft design engineer and fellow Santa Barbaran George Greenough.

Video game appearancesEdit

Curren is a playable character in the video game Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer.


  1. ^ "Live - 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro". World Surf League. 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  2. ^ "Bro-Am Foundation | music, surfing, and youth development programs". 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  3. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-10-03.
Preceded by
Martin Potter
Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion (men's)
Succeeded by
Damien Hardman
Preceded by
Tom Carroll
Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion (men's)
Succeeded by
Damien Hardman