A Tribute to Rail

Taylor Knox and his rail game are 43 years old

| posted on May 15, 2014

For 40-odd years now, I have danced and skipped and pan-fluted around our sport’s great power surfers. Jeff Hakman and BK, Simon, Kong and Tom Carroll, Sunny Garcia, Taylor Knox, now Michel Bourez—part of my lifework is to drop rose petals at their gnarly, reef-scarred, torque-generating feet.

I won’t say that I have a favorite (not true: I save the finest petals for BK), but credit to Knox for taking his generous portion of well-marbled muscle and brawn and finishing it off with an exquisite Tom Curren demi-glace. The man is as smooth as he is powerful. Watch the clip. Breath those turns in, viewer. You getting that? All the finishing notes? Woodsmoke, truffle, Johnny Walker Blue. Does it not make you a little dizzy with appreciation?

Taylor Knox is 43 years old today. Long may he continue his hydraulic miracles to perform.

  • Borat Sagdiyev

    You can’t talk about “power” surfing without at least an honorable mention to the late, great, Joe Crimo, who single-handily had one of the gnarliest frontside hacks of all time, which he regularly put on display at Lowers, with a few pop-shovits thrown in between for good measure! The …lost crew, and in particular, Crimo, can be thanked for the reason why we have pro-surfers who have careers based on their ability to do air-reverses, but can’t seem to do a full rail cutback without snapping a leg.

    Some of these surfers that are known for air-reverses include: Pancho Sullivan, Johnny Boy-Gomez, Brenden Margesien, Bobby Martinez….these guys are a joke, cant do a freakin cutback!

  • Ian Salisbury

    The problem is as impressive as this is at 43 years old, Michel Bourez and Jordy Smith still do more month after month,