REELING IN THE YEARS

posted by / Magazine / April 23, 2003

At only 24 years old, Chris Ward has more film credits than Gene Hakman. But which ones will stand the test of time? ADRENALINE SURF SERIES, VOL. 1, NO. 2
1994
SIGNIFICANCE: Labeled as “One of the gnarliest groms on Earth,” 14-year-old Ward spins, slides and flies into mainstream recognition. As producer Herbie Fletcher observes, “Sometimes it sucks being ahead of your time.”

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON
1995
SIGNIFICANCE: Triple-overhead {{{Baja}}} {{{Malibu}}}, rifling Trestles, the North Shore…in Lost’s first widely released video, 15-year-old Chris Ward and his partner, Cory Lopez, has everyone talking.

5’5″ x 19 1/4″
1999
SIGNIFICANCE: Wardo and Cory are it again. This time, they legitimize short, wide little slabs known as “fishes” by putting them on all kinds of crazy angles at Log Cabins and Rockpile.

THE MISFITS
2000
SIGNIFICANCE: During three Mentawais trips, among air barons like Nathan Fletcher and high-performance heroes like Andy Irons, Wardo displays the best of both worlds.

WHERE’S WARDO?
2001
SIGNIFICANCE: The supertalent’s entire career is summed up in one, drop-dead session in maxing H.T.’s.

PLANET LOST
2003
SIGNIFICANCE: The soon-to-be released Lost video — which features Wardo in everything from throaty Atlantic tubes to flawless Backdoor — proves why San Clemente’s prince is ready for coronation.

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