While Florida may not have the best waves around, there is clearly something in the water there that acts as a fountain of youth for aging pro surfers. First, we have Kelly Slater of Cocoa Beach, who at 40 is the youngest and oldest person to have ever won the world title. He has not only kept up with generation after generation of kids and their new tricks, but he’s still one step ahead.
And second, here we have this clip from O’neill of the 35-year-old Cory Lopez of Indian Rocks, on the Gulf Coast. We first met Cory via Lost’s iconic video series “Dysfunctional,” “What’s Really Goin’ On,” and “What’s Really Goin’ Wrong,” as Chris Ward’s partner in crime. Cory would go on to push the limits both in the air and in the tube, paddling into one of the heaviest waves in history at Teahupoo at the 1999 Gotcha Pro Tahiti. Now in the twilight of his career, Lopey is showing no signs of slowing down. This summer he claimed Surfline’s Punt of the Month for a massive backside rotator at his second home in Costa Rica–it was possibly the biggest air of his career.