Taylor Knox in 2009
May 15, 1971 |
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Years active||1993 - present|
|Best year||Ranked 4th on the ASP World Tour, 2001|
|Career earnings||$1,028,422.00 (as of 2011)|
|Sponsors||Rip Curl wetsuits and clothing, Reef Sandals and Shoes, Borst Designs surfboards, Detour Protein, OAM accessories and Dragon.|
|Stance||Regular (natural) foot|
|Favorite waves||Pipeline, Rincon and Restaurants|
|Website||ASP World Tour page|
Knox was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began surfing at 8 years old. He moved with his family to Carlsbad at 13 and continued to pursue his dream of becoming a pro surfer. At age 15, he had to undergo back surgery after a damaged lumbar vertebra from a skateboarding accident threatened to paralyze him. He spent the next six months in a cocoon-like body cast.
In 1990, Knox participated in the World Amateur Championships in Japan. He finished fourth place, ahead of fellow USA team mate Kelly Slater, who placed fifth. He began his ASP World Tour campaign in 1993.
In February 1998, Knox won the inaugural K2 Big-Wave Challenge, an event that offered $50,000 to the surfer who caught the biggest wave of the winter and had photographic evidence. The winning wave was a 52-foot ride at Todos Santos during the Reef Big-Wave World Championships. In 1999 Knox took a one year hiatus from the World Tour. He returned in 2001 and achieved his highest ASP World Tour rating of 4th place.
In August 2011, Knox was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame at Huntington Beach alongside George Downing and Chuck Linnen. Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai said Knox had "influenced an entire generation of surfers".
Taylor's trademark brand of power surfing led to an uncommon surfboard design in 2012 when he worked with Al Merrick to create the Channel Islands Dagger; a surfboard with an abnormally deep double concave and downturned rail. Taylor Knox is known for his feracious frontside hacks, where he utilized his power and speed to put himself on the most critical sections of the wave. While on the winner's podium after the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestle's in 1999, he thanked Costa Mesan surfer Taylor Lobdell with teaching him these "man-turns". While he was on the podium, the camera panned to the lineup, where Lobdell was seen absolutely destroying a 6' wall, top to bottom, completing a total of 12 man-hacks on one wave and finishing with a roundhouse that Slater said "was the turn heard around the world."
Rating history on the ASP World Tour
- 2013: Retired
- 2012: 31st
- 2011: 21st
- 2010: 17th
- 2009: 12th
- 2008: 23rd
- 2007: 14th
- 2006: 9th
- 2005: 24th
- 2004: 22nd
- 2003: 7th
- 2002: 25th
- 2001: 4th
- 2000: 28th
- 1998: 35th
- 1997: 18th
- 1996: 6th
- 1995: 5th
- 1994: 20th
- 1993: 24th
- "Taylor Knox to be inducted into Surfers' Hall of Fame". Surfer's Village.
- "Taylor Knox Biography and Photos". Surfline.com.
- "Taylor Knox Signs With Reef Footwear".
- "Iconic surfers set in stone". The Orange County Register.
- Taylor ASP profile
- "Channel Islands Dagger".