"Taylor is just so honest and even. He’s not a flash."
- Art Brewer
If surfing is a language then Taylor Knox’s rail game is a searing patois. Watch him screech off the bottom at J-Bay. Hear him chwaa into a roundhouse cutback to backside lip whack at Lower Trestles. Feel the ancient Polynesia of his spray as he eviscerates a big, meaty, bouncy wall at Haleiwa. Taylor’s career highlights include a win in the inaugural K-2 Big Wave Challenge in 1998 and a 4th place ranking on the ASP World Tour in 2001.
Says Art Brewer: “I first met Taylor [Knox] in Puerto Rico during the Bud Pro Tour. I got shipped down there to shoot that. I think he was 18; he’d just gotten on one of the surf teams. And then later we had a couple good adventures. We got along all the time. Taylor is just so honest and even. He’s not a flash. He’s just a great person to hang out with. And an amazing surfer! So much of his surfing has not been seen. Maybe in the contests, but that’s really not seeing how he surfs. This is 2011, a big west winter swell. We headed down with Josh Kerr to the Pemex plant there in Rosarito. They were doing tow-ins but that was not one of the tow-in waves. There are shots from this session where he was so deep you can’t see him from the beach and then he comes back out.”
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---Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991. He has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. For more of his work check out jamiebrisick.com & @jamiebrisick