Who was Greg Noll?
Greg Noll born on February 11, 1937, nicknamed “Da Bull” by Phil Edwards in reference to his physique and way of “charging” down the face of a wave, was an American pioneer of big wave surfing and was also acknowledged as a prominent longboard shaper. Noll was a member of a U.S. lifeguard team that introduced malibu boards to Australia around the time of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Noll also produced a “legendary” series of 5 Search for Surf movies.
Greg Noll Biography, Wiki
Greg Noll was born Greg Lawhead in San Diego, California, on February 11, 1937. He subsequently adopted the surname of his stepfather, Ash. At the age of 3, Noll moved with his family to Manhattan Beach, California. He began surfing at the age of 11 in the South Bay, he was a member of Manhattan Beach Surf Club where he learned board shaping from Dale Velzy.
Greg Noll was a member of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards and competed in paddleboarding. Noll developed his big wave surfing in Palos Verdes at breaks like Lunada Bay. He moved to Hawaii in 1954, where he finished high school, and lived and surfed at Makaha.
Greg Noll became known for his exploits in large Hawaiian surf on the North Shore of Oahu. In November 1957, he surfed Waimea Bay in 25–30 ft surf; at the time, this was thought to be impossible, even by the local Hawaiians. Greg Noll was the first surfer to ride a wave breaking on the outside reef at Banzai Pipeline in November 1964.
The surfing exploits of Noll and other big wave legends were chronicled in the 2004 documentary Riding Giants. He also provided his perspective on Hawaiian big wave surfing on the commentary track for DVD, along with Laird Hamilton and Jeff Clark.
February 11, 1937
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 2021 (aged 84)|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
Greg Noll Death, Reason Of Death
Greg Noll “Da Bull”, who became a surfing legend by combining a gregarious, outsized personality with the courage and skill to ride bigger, more powerful waves than anyone had ever attempted, has died. He was 84.
Noll, who had lived in the picturesque, seaside town of Crescent City, California, died Monday of natural causes, according to an Instagram post from his son’s company, Noll Surfboards. Requests for comment from the Noll family were not immediately returned, and it was not clear where he died.
One of the first and arguably one of the greatest big-wave riders, Noll was much more than a surfer. He was also an entrepreneur who helped transform the sport with his Greg Noll surfboards, which were among the first to be built from balsa wood, a substance that made them more maneuverable and light enough for most people to use.
Greg Noll’s Surfing specifications
|Quiver||Long boards, Guns|
|Favorite waves||Banzai Pipeline|
Greg Noll Wife, and Kids
Greg Noll was married to Laurie until his death. Together, they had four children: Ashlyne, Jed, Tate, and Rhyn.
Noll resided in Crescent City, California, during his later years. He died on June 28, 2021, at the age of 84.
Greg Noll’s Board shaping
Having shaped surfboards since his youth, and having founded his own surfboard business in the 1950s which reached a high level of commercial success, Noll changed to two decades of commercial fishing. The resurgence of longboards brought him back to resume shaping and organize events. He lived in Hiouchi, California with his wife and started a business called “Noll Surfboards” that shaped re-creations of some of the historic boards from the sport of surfing.
Greg Noll Wikipedia, Biodata
Greg Noll “Da Bull” was born Greg Lawhead in San Diego on February 11, 1937, later taking the last name of his stepfather, Ash Noll. He moved to the surf town of Manhattan Beach with his mother when he was three and soon developed an affinity for the water.
As a young man, Noll had a bodybuilder’s physique, and it was that, along with what fellow surfers described as his hard-charging, bull-headed surfing style, that earned him his nickname.
Although he disdained the “Beach Party” movies, Noll acknowledged that out of the water, he could be a hell-raiser and a good-time party guy himself. He took to surfing, he once said, because it was more fun than working.
As he told the AP in 2008: “People always ask, ‘What is it that makes people want to give up their friends, their family, their jobs and just go surfing?’ Those people always categorise surfing as a sport. But it’s not. It’s a lifestyle.”
A complete list of survivors was not immediately available. Noll and his wife, Laurie, had a daughter Ashlyne and sons Jed, Tate, and Rhyn.
Greg Noll Books, Works
- Kampion, Drew & Noll, Greg. Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard, 2007, published by: Gibbs Smith, Layton, Utah ISBN 978-1-58685-776-9
- Noll, Greg & Gabbard, Andrea. Da Bull: life over the edge, 1989, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA, ISBN 1-55643-143-0