Though it seems to be a polarizing topic among many, the popularity of hunting has increased noticeably within the surfing and action sports communities. Taking the life of an animal, in an effort to support your own life, is often looked at from several viewpoints. Many believe that hunting is a necessary element of life, or even an enjoyable pursuit, while others think it’s unethical, and those who engage in it have a skewed set of morals.
In light of the surfing subculture’s growing interest in organic foods and farm-to-table dining, alongside the recognition that overpopulation of non-native species is causing negative effects on the environment, hunting has become a hobby that some surfers seem to be embracing.
Guys like Shane Dorian, Matt Meola, and Mark Healey are clearly leading the charge in normalizing hunting among pro surfers, but the list of action sports icons who double as hardcore hunters does not end there – Alex Gray, the Malloy brothers, pro skater Geoff Rowley, Dave Wassel, Raph Bruhwiler, and even surfing activist Kyle Thiermann, to name a few. Some of these guys appear to be seasoned hunters, while others are merely beginning their pursuit because they see the incredible benefits. Regardless, there is no question that hunting is quickly gaining popularity and credibility in the world of surfing.