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Robert “Wingnut” Weaver

Age: 51
Sport: Surfing
Residence: Santa Cruz, CA
College:UC-Santa Cruz


Better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

-Robert's Motto

Robert “Wingnut” Weaver — a master longboard surfer from Santa Cruz, California — took a lifelong passion for the centuries-old sport of surfing and turned it into a life anyone would dream of. But that’s not to say he didn’t hit a few speed bumps along the way.

He started surfing in 1982 at age 16 while living in Newport Beach, but Wingnut’s popularity soared in 1994 after he starred in director Bruce Brown’s documentary Endless Summer II, one of the most popular surfing films ever made. He eschewed the competitive circuit in exchange for serving as a sort of surfing ambassador. Wingnut is regarded as one of the best surfing instructors in the world — on top of being “one of the best longboarders and nose riders of the modern era,” according to Outside magazine. All this, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997.

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