Irvine, CA: Billabong has reached into the unique world of surfing tosign big wave charger Greg Long to its global team.
This highly respected, humble, young Californian has done a lot more thanmost people think in his 25 years on the planet. Besides riding 60 footmonster waves, Greg has been attacked by a tiger shark, named one ofFittest Fifty Americans in Men’s Fitness, achieved top amateur competitivestatus, traveled to six continents, and won Billabong XXL awards inseveral categories.
“It is so refreshing to see in this day and age a surfer who has achievedso much already, and is still so down to earth and appreciative of being apart of something as special as surfing,” stated Billabong’s VP Marketing,Graham Stapelberg. “We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership.”
Starting in a more traditional mode, Long began his career when he won the2001 NSSA Men’s Open Championships earning respect as a great guy and asolid all round surfer. Having built a reputation in his home area of SanClemente, California, this affable young charger came into his own when hebegan to explore the rarefied world of truly big waves, taking him toChile, South Africa, New Zealand, Oregon, Mexico, and the fabled CortezBanks.
“Nobody chases big waves as hard as Greg,” says Mike “Snips” Parsons, two-time XXL winner and former ASP Top 16 Pro. “He’s definitely one of the topthree big wave paddle surfers on the planet. He’s the only guy who getsinvited to everything.”
In 2004 he won the Red Bull/South Africa contest at Dungeons, and sincethen Long has been inducted into the small, elite club of big wave chaserswho specialize in hunting for the very biggest swells around the globe.
“I am very honored to join the Billabong team,” he said. “They arewithout question, the greatest supporters of modern big wave adventuresurfing and I truly look forward to working with the entire crew aroundthe globe.”
“Together, we will continue our quest to search for, and ride the mostextreme waves on the planet.”
Perhaps the most valuable character trait Long possess is a big heart.
“You don’t find young guys who are humble, fearless and so likeable all atthe same time,” notes Parsons. “He makes friends everywhere he goes.”