Top 10 Richest Surfers

Top 10 Richest Surfers

In the hyper-competitive world of surfing, athletes only have a few ways of making money. The two main ways are through prize money from competitions and earnings from sponsorship deals. The world’s most talented and famous surfers are able to build substantial net worths using these methods, among others.

Who Are the Richest Surfers in the World?

  1. Kelly Slater - $25 Million
  2. John John Florence - $12 Million
  3. Laird Hamilton - $10 Million
  4. Dane Reynolds - $10 Million
  5. Mick Fanning - $8 Million
  6. Gabriel Medina - $3.5 Million
  7. Joel Parkinson - $3 Million
  8. Stephanie Gilmore - $3 Million
  9. Kolohe Andino - $2.5 Million
  10. Julian Wilson - $2.1 Million

1. Kelly Slater

With a net worth of $25 million, Kelly Slater tops the list of wealthiest professional surfers. Considered by most of the surfing world to be the greatest professional surfer of all time, Slater has found many different ways to make money. For one, he’s received millions in prize money from contests, such as the $2.2 million he won between 2010 and 2019 from the World Surf League’s Championship Tour. 

Slater has also had numerous sponsors over the years, but Slater has also reinvested some of this money into his own ventures. He co-founded a clothing company called Outerknown and developed a private surfing wave pool known as the Surf Ranch.

2. John John Florence

John John Florence is one of the most successful surfers in recent years, and as such, he has amassed a net worth of $12 million. Florence has found dazzling success in surf competitions in recent years, winning the Championship Tour back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017. This came with loads of prize money, but he also has managed a few very lucrative sponsorships, including one with Hurley.

In 2019, he was the highest-paid surfer as he earned just over $5.3 million between contests and sponsorship money. He has recently launched a new brand of his own called Florence Marine X, which has the potential to raise his net worth even higher.

3. Laird Hamilton

Known as the co-inventor of tow-in surfing, Laird Hamilton holds a net worth of $10 million. Hamilton, who no longer engages in professional surf contests, had a very lucrative career when he was young. He has made money from contests, sponsorships, and making surf movies. He has also done some acting and modeling in the past. More recently, however, Laird Hamilton pours much of his effort into his wellness brand Laird Superfood. He owns 10% of the company and additionally earns $200k per year for his role as chief innovator. 

4. Dane Reynolds

Celebrated as one of the most stylish surfers in the world, Reynolds has built a net worth of $10 million. Like many of the other surfers on this list, Reynolds earned most of his money through competitions and sponsorships. Some of his sponsors include Vans, the surfboard manufacturer Channel Islands, and Drag Board Co. In his earlier years, he had a very strong relationship with Quiksilver, who signed him when he was just seventeen. In 2011, they re-signed him to a mega-deal of $3 million per year for six years. Reynolds has also helped to co-create a successful surfing/skateboarding lifestyle brand known as Former.

5. Mick Fanning

The Australian surfer Mick Fanning has amassed a net worth of $8 million over the course of his career. Much of this money has come from his success in pro surfing’s contest circuit, as well as from big-money sponsorships. His career earnings from contests amount to just under $2.8 million. However, much of Fanning’s wealth has come from his sponsorship deals. In 2018 alone, he made $2.85 million from his deals with companies such as Rip Curl, Red Bull, and Skullcandy. In addition to contests and sponsorships, Fanning has also created his own business venture, Mick Fanning Softboards, which makes surfboards.

6. Gabriel Medina

With a listed net worth of $3.5 million, Gabriel Medina rounds out the top six of the richest surfers in the world. With three Championship Tour wins to speak of, Medina has found enormous success in the world of surfing competitions. He has also managed to secure some of the most sought-after sponsorships in the sport, with companies such as Rip Curl, Oi, Audi, and Corona paying him to represent their brand. In 2018 alone, Medina managed to pull in $3.5 million between contests and endorsement deals. 

7. Joel Parkinson

Joel Parkinson is an Australian professional surfer who has an estimated net worth of $3 million. He was the ASP World Champion in 2012, is a three-time ASP Triple Crown of Surfing Champion, and won 12 ASP Tour events in his career. Throughout his career, he made money from big-name sponsors, most notably Billabong. He also is the co-owner of Balter Brewing Company with fellow professional surfers Mick Fanning and Bede Durbridge.

8. Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore is an Australian professional surfer with an estimated net worth of $3 million. Gilmore is one of the most accomplished women in the sport, winning eight WSL World Championships between 2007 and 2022. Besides being an eight-time World Champion, Gilmore has won 34 WSL Tour events and was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame at 22 (youngest-ever inductee). Her top sponsor is Roxy, which is a very popular women’s surfing brand that is under the Quiksilver umbrella.

9. Kolohe Andino

Kolohe Andino is an American professional surfer with an estimated net worth of $2.5 million. In 2009, at only 15 years old, he became the youngest surfer to ever win a National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) title. Two years later, he then won the Vans Pier Classic and the ASP 6-Star Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing. He has since won multiple titles, including a win at the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) event and a qualification at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

10. Julian Wilson

Julian Wilson is an Australian professional surfer worth an estimated $2.1 million. The Coolum Beach native made his debut in 2011, being named Rookie of the Year and ranking ninth in the world by the ASP. His first major title win was the next year, when he won the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugal. During his entire career so far, Wilson has won five WSL Championship tour events and the 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Championship.

Honorable Mentions

  • Bethany Hamilton
  • Garrett McNamara
  • Jamie O’Brien
  • Jeff Clark
  • Jordy Smith
  • Ian Walsh
  • Kai Lenny
  • Owen Wright
  • Taj Burrow


Who is the richest surfer in the world?

The richest surfer in the world is Kelly Slater. He is worth an estimated $25 million, largely thanks to the millions per year he made during his professional career. Slater also co-founded Outerknown, a clothing brand, and Surf Ranch, a private surfing wave pool in Central California.