We received tragic news last night that legendary waterman, Ricky Grigg, died in his home in Hawaii.
Grigg was widely known for his big-wave exploits, fearlessness and style in large surf, and commitment to education and the ocean. Born in Los Angeles in 1937, Grigg was a frontiersman for big wave surfing – pushing boundaries in the ocean as well as on land. Grigg, most recently a professor of Oceanography at University of Hawaii, was, and possibly still is, one of the most well-educated surfers to have such a tremendous impact on the sport. Grigg earned a B.S. from Stanford, a Master in Zoology from University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D in Oceanography from La Jolla’s Scripps Institute. In 1971, Grigg discovered gold coral, and five years earlier, in 1966, Grigg won the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational. He received no prize money for his victory, but rather the respect of the Duke and the global fraternity of wave riders at large.