(July 24, 1978-November 2, 2010)
Born in Hanalei, Hawaii
Three-time Association of Surfing Professionals world champion (2002-04)
Appeared in the film 'Blue Horizon' (2004)
Died in a Dallas hotel room during a stopover on a flight from Puerto Rico to his home in Hawaii
Why he might be annoying
He said of rival Kelly Slater, 'My whole driving force right now is to take his little pretty picture and just crush it.'
He was fined $1,500 for getting in a brawl with Mick Campbell before a meet in France (2001).
He responded to criticism of his attitude with, 'I am not some bubbly fucking angel who is going to go out and try to be your best friend.'
He dropped off the pro surf tour for a year amid rumors of drug abuse (2009).
Generic versions of the drugs Xanax and Ambien were found in his hotel room, fueling speculation he died from a drug overdose.
Why he might not be annoying
He was known for his fearlessness in taking on large waves.
His rivalry with Slater brought new interest to the sport.
On his return to surfing he said, 'It took me a year off the tour to make me realise how good I had it and how much I liked it.'
According to his family, he died of dengue fever contracted in Portugal.
His wife was seven months pregnant with their first child at the time of his death.
Credit: C. Fishel
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