Russel Bierke Doesn’t Think

The life of a young slab hunter

At 18 years of age, Russel Bierke (Men No. 53, 2015 Hot 100) is already pushing the limits of slab hunting. You know that thing in your head that tells you to pull back on waves of consequence? Russel Bierke doesn't have that, whatever it is, and it’s allowed him to get more barrels than he could ever keep track of. In this edit, appropriately titled “Stop Thinking,” Bierke pushes his surfing to new heights. From Tahiti to the southern coast of Australia, there aren’t many waves that the kid is going to back away from. I mean, check out that backdoor slab section at 1:05. Wow.