Professional surfers are living the dream. They take more surf trips than you, and, in turn, get barreled more often than you ever will. They’re scoring ridiculous waves in places you’ve never seen. Jerks. They have really rad adventures, stories, and opinions. What better way to follow up on their travels than to live vicariously through their social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)? After all, it’s their outlet to share all of their daily happenings with us, whether it’s GoPro footage inside the barrel, what beer they’re drinking, or just an absurd selfie that makes you cringe a little bit (Jordy Smith takes the cake with his self-portrait). And it’s pretty damn fun to watch what they’re up to.
Here’s a list of the top twenty most popular surfers in social media, weighted by total followers.
#1. Kelly Slater – 2,346,000
It’s no surprise that world’s best surfer is also the top followed surfer in social media. Give Kelly a follow to stay up to date on his travels, and support him while he does badass stuff for the world like save rhinos.
#2. Alana Blanchard – 2,311,000
Alana. She’s got it going on. Whether it’s laying a mean cutback at her local break in Kauai, or modeling the newest bikini anywhere around the world, Alana dominates the social media scene.
#3. Bethany Hamilton – 2,077,000
Hawaii-born Bethany Hamilton is a shark attack survivor, professional surfer, motivational speaker, and health guru.
#4. Anastasia Ashley – 1,263,000
Anastasia Ashley, relatively new on the scene, is taking social media by storm. Professional surfer, model, and self-proclaimed gypsy.
#5. Coco Ho – 790,000
Coco Ho is a Hawaii-born professional surfer with a bright smile and a big cutback. Recently featured in ESPN’s Body Issue, Coco boasts quite the following on social media.
#6. Gabriel Medina – 741,000
Gabriel Medina, recent winner of the 2014 Fiji Pro as well as this year’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, has a loyal fan base across the world.
#7. Sally Fitzgibbons – 719,000
Sally Fitzgibbons, Women’s Surfing World Tour professional and sports fanatic! Sally charges, and looks good while doing it!
#8. Mick Fanning – 563,000
Mick Fanning, the current world champ. Having just won the ASP’s J-Bay Open, he’s got a lot to celebrate. Tune into his Instagram page to follow along.
#9. Julian Wilson – 507,000
Julian Wilson, Australian professional surfer. One look at his Instagram account and it’s easy to see that he lofts a mean air, and really digs his girlfriend.
#10. Ellie Jean Coffey – 499,000
Ellie Jean Coffey, Billabong sponsored surfer and traveling model to boot. Catch her at Snapper Rocks, showing the boys how it’s done.
#11. Rob Machado – 487,000
Rob Machado, the drifter with that classic, laid-back style. We like Rob because he’s fighting for everyone’s unalienable right to have access to clean water.
#12. John John Florence – 461,000
John John’s Instagram profile is rad because it’s a bit different. He’s less about self promotion and more about sharing his adventures with the world. Check it out. He’s one hell of a photographer.
#13. Stephanie Gilmore – 446,000.
Steph Gilmore loves to surf. So much, in fact, that she’s a 5x world champion. Judging by her Instagram profile, she also loves life in general, staying fit and eating Weetabix.
#14.Laura Enever – 390,000
Laura Enever, self-proclaimed cloud enthusiast, lover of coffee. She’s funny, hip, and has heaps of style.
#15. Taj Burrow – 360,000
WA born and bred, Taj Burrow is a fan of the beachie barrel. He knows how to surf, and how to win. Due course, he knows how to party.
#16. Joel Parkinson – 314,000
Parko! The barrel-threader. “The guy’s got it all; the loving family, enough mates to populate a small sovereign nation, and a top turn that melts butter.”
#17. Jordy Smith – 301,000
Jordy Smith. Did ya see his perfect ten in the J-Bay Open? That’s what we call real surfing. Dude’s got a mean selfie, too.
#18. Alessa Quizon – 255,000
The Hawaii girls know how to surf, and Alessa Quizon ain’t no exception.
#19. Sage Erickson – 230,000
Sage Erickson recently made the list for Maxim’s 2014 Hot 100. That set aside, her surfing speaks for itself.
#20. Shane Dorian – 230,000
Shane Dorian. Big wave charger, badass-truck driver, bow hunter. Give him a follow to catch up on all his adventures in Hawaii.