Is one of those guys who needs no introduction in the surf community. He’s one of the sport’s most beloved stars who now graces our screens with his commentary at WSL events. He’s a beautiful human being and here he shares a truly remarkable story of a life that went from rags to riches.

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Rizal Tandjung burst onto the global surfing scene in 1995 as the first Indonesian surfer to make waves on the famed North Shore of Oahu. During the peak of the Hawaii’s big wave season, at 19 years old, Tandjung dropped into a monster wave at the treacherous spot known as Pipeline. He rode with such grace and aplomb that photos of this ride graced the covers of magazine’s world wide.

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