Best Surfing Trio (2011)

Gudauskas Brothers

In surf-speak, the Gudauskas brothers are perpetual "frothers." No, they're not foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog; they're just utterly excited about the lives they've created for themselves that circulate around time spent in the ocean riding waves. One renowned local shaper refers to them as "the mile of smile," for obvious reasons. Whether the trio is out at Lower Trestles for a free surf or in a post-contest heat interview, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas look like they're walking advertisements for Crest. Each of the San Clemente locals is a sponsored, talented surfer in a different realm of the game: Pat is competing on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour; Tanner is attempting to requalify for that tour; and Dane is the wild card, growing his white-blond hair long and chasing massive waves around the globe. Though they live together, if they are in town, it's usually just a brief stop to repack their bags, eat at their favorite spots and sleep in their own beds before departing on a swing through Australia or Europe, chasing rating points or for a sponsor's photo trip. We'd "froth," too, if it were our life.

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