Greg “Da Bull” Noll is one of, if not the, pioneer of big wave surfing. In 1957, he showed the world that big Waimea was rideable. Up to that point, even the locals stayed away on big days. Waimea went on to become the hub of big wave surfing. The annual Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational continues to be the largest in the world from a viewership stand point.
Greg’s legendary ride at Makaha in 1969 was, for many years, considered the largest wave ever ridden (without a tow in). Being a pioneer in a sport as dangerous as big wave surfing, requires athletic talent, moxie and a whole lot of courage. Add in his physical presence, iconic “Jail House” board shorts and his effervescent personality and you have the perfect person to lead the growth of our sport in its infancy.