A bold big-wave surfer with a knack for shaping, storytelling and swearing, Greg Noll is a surfing icon. During the late ‘50s and the 1960s, he was on the forefront of the growing big-wave movement. He’s credited with being the first to ride the massive walls of water at Waimea Bay in 1957 and a 35-foot wave at Makaha in 1969—which, at the time, was considered to be the largest ever ridden. Also a businessman, his Hermosa Beach-based Greg Noll Surfboards was one of the top surfboard shapers and manufacturers during the mid-20th century. Greg serves as a living reminder of the South Bay’s surfing pedigree—a region that was, at one point, the focal point of surfing culture for the entire world. And Greg was right in the thick of it.