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Kelly wins in France in 2013. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Kelly wins in France in 2013. Photo: ASP/Kirstin


The Inertia

As surfing becomes more and more mainstream, the athletes are enjoying the benefits in terms of financial upgrades. We’re nowhere near the salaries of the NFL, but we are making headway in assuring that our sport’s practitioners are appropriately compensated. And these days, a surfer doesn’t even have to compete in order to make a living, due to sponsorship deals.

But for those who do compete in the men’s WSL league, there is an opportunity to take home some serious dough. Let’s take a look at the top 10 surfers currently on tour with the highest career earnings from competition.

(Spoiler alert: The surfer in the number one spot is bald)

10. John John Florence $1,023,800

John John FLorence Wins 2015 Margaret River Pro

John John looking extra relaxed as he gets absolutely slotted at the Box. Photo: WSL

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9. Bede Durbridge $1,213,920

WSL/Kelly Cestari

WSL/Kelly Cestari

8. Julian Wilson $1,260,400

Julian Wilson, arriving at the pinnacle of his own flow state. Photo: Red Bull

Julian Wilson, arriving at the pinnacle of his own flow state. Photo: Red Bull

7. Gabriel Medina $1,326,550

Gabriel Medina, the hope of an entire nation. Photo: WSL

Gabriel Medina, the hope of an entire nation. Photo: WSL

6. CJ Hobgood $1,420,620

No surfer lost today. Okay, technically twelve surfers lost today, but none of them would have the chance to blame it on conditions or lack of waves.

Photo: ASP

5. Adriano de Souza $1,538,600

Adriano looked sharp as a tack in Australia. Question is: will he be able to keep that momentum? Photo: WSL / Kelly Cestari

Adriano looked sharp as a tack in Australia. Question is: will he be able to keep that momentum? Photo: WSL / Kelly Cestari

4. Joel Parkinson $1,992,600

Joel Parkinson, without a doubt, is the purest exponent of the values that our surfing tribe holds closest. A perfect blend of power and style.

Parko. Wa-paa. Photo: ASP/Kirstin Scholtz

3. Taj Burrow $2,182,640

Taj Burrow has capitalized on the new ASP Judging criteria. His high-flying tendencies suit the judging style well.

Taj Burrow has capitalized on the new ASP Judging criteria. His high-flying tendencies suit the judging style well. Photo: ASP/Rowland

2. Mick Fanning $2,458,620

Three-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, Mick Fanning, utilizes his power and drive at the Bowl. Photo: Kristin Scholtz

Three-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, Mick Fanning, utilizes his power and drive at the Bowl. Photo: Kristin Scholtz

1. Kelly Slater $3,678,560
Of course he did. Kelly Slater snagged December's Wave of Winter People's Choice Award. Every month, viewers vote on the best wave ridden on the North Shore. Winner takes home $1000 and gets to rub it in the face of everyone else.