American Damien Hobgood is famous for having once held the highest two-wave grand final score in pro surfing when he scored 19.9 out of 20 at the Quiksilver Pro Fiji in 2004, defeating world champion Andy Irons in the process. He finished the year with a world title ranking of ninth. In 2005 he improved further, winning the Nova Schin WCT Brasil and finishing the year ranked number four in the world, his best overall finish to date. In 2006, he scored his third world title event victory, the Globe WCT Fiji, and he won on the tour again in 2007 at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo. Like his twin brother CJ, who has also gone on to become a top professional surfer, Damien was born on 6th July 1979 in Satellite Beach, Florida. At the age of 12, Damien and CJ topped the leaderboard at the the Eastern Surfing Association championships, and Damien also performed well in the NSSA Boys, Juniors and Mens divisions, as well as the ASP East Junior Pro in 1996. After finishing third at the ISA World Games at Huntington in 1996, he competed in the ASP World Qualifying Series in 1998 and 1999, before joining the elite tour in 2000. Goofy-footer Damien is a threat in all conditions, but is a particularly impressive performer in heaving left-handers. Like his twin, he is an innovative aerialist, whose committed full-rail power surfing continues to wow audiences, even after 14 consecutive years in the elite division.
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