Greg Long is, by any standards, one of the sport’s most celebrated big wave surfers. In a career that now spans two decades, Long has been awarded virtually every title in the big wave riding arena, including multiple XXL Global Big Wave Awards including Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year and Performer of the Year, as well as two WSL Big Wave World Championship titles in 2012 and 2015. His list of accolades also include the SIMA “Waterman of the Year Award”, a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” nomination and has been voted one of Men’s Journal magazine’s “50 Most Adventurous Men”. In 2012, Long was featured in the Fox Pictures Hollywood release “Chasing Mavericks” both performing surf stunts and as a story character. 

Yet despite amassing a ‘Maverick’s size’ resume in the world's most dangerous waves, Greg Long hardly fits the stereotype of the extreme athlete.  An inveterate explorer, Long has circled the globe, pioneering new surfing frontiers, pursuing a much more personal form of self-expression, riding waves alone, or with a few close friends, far from the cameras and the limelight. Deeply thoughtful and well informed, he has become one of the sport’s most articulate spokespeople, lending his perspective and credibility to a number of ocean-oriented environmental groups, including The Surfrider Foundation, Save The Waves, and Parley for the Oceans. He is also a lead instructor for the Big Wave Risk Assessment Group (, traveling to international ocean communities teaching advanced courses in high surf risk management, heavy water rescue, CPR, and basic first responder life support. Greg is, in every thought and deed, a waterman.