experts the Willis bros. are in a pantheon
of their own, earning impeccable surfing credentials
through hard work, dedication to excellence and lifelong
commitment to the spirit of surfing. The Willis bros.
are recognized for some of the greatest accomplishments
in surfing history.
The ultimate authorities in surfing,"
surfing experts" (a term first coined by the Willis
bros.) Have authored 5 published books
on surfing philosophy and maintain
a syndicated newspaper surfing column entitled
Here is a partial list of the many great surfing
achievements in the Willis bros. surfing history.
Extreme Tow surfing World Champions, The Willis
bros., are recognized world wide for tow surfing
the largest swell ever surfed i.e. the hallmark of all
swells Biggest Wednesday (Hawaii's second ever
condition black). Milton Willis
and Michael Willis were the only ones to go out twice,
first in the morning and again in the afternoon, finishing
their session at Sunset Beach, the only ones to do so.
Recognized for paddling into some of the largest ever
recorded waves during the state of Hawaii's
first ever condition black. Based on buoy readings,
meteorology reports, eye witness accounts and photos,
surfing magazine declared the Willis bros. "unofficial
winners of the K2 big wave challenge."
Recognized as shaping gurus the Willis bros.
Have over 60 years combined surfboard shaping
experience. Surfing mag has said Michael Willis is one
of the top 5 surfboard shapers in the world.
Surfboard designers/developers of
the Phazer bottom surfboard, the Willis bros. have shaped
more surfboards for Waimea in the last 20 years than
any other shapers. Mark Foo made the cover
of surfing mag on his Willis bros. phazer bottom Waimea
big wave gun.
Leaders in the field of surf
instruction. First to teach surfing on the north shore
of Oahu professionally.
First to teach tow-in surfing on the north
shore of Oahu, the Willis bros. introduced
Ross Clark Jones, Tony Ray, Cheyne Horan, Garrett McNamara,
Mike Stewart and more to the sport of tow-surfing.
The Willis bros. established the first surfing
P.E. in the United States of America in public high
schools with coach Al Southworth at San Dieguito
High School in Encinitas, California in 1972.
Credited for successful actions in
the most dramatic rescues in surfing history.
Michael Willis is credited with saving the life of legendary
Kauai surfer Titus Kinimaka. Michael also rescued Oahu's
David Kahanamoku from the Waimea shore break, pulling
him to safety. Milton Willis is credited with hundreds
of rescues on the north shore of Oahu and has received
a certificate of life saving merit
from the City and County of Honolulu.
The Willis Brothers are recognized
as some of the best all around watermen. They both
have received certificates
of life saving merit from the state of Hawaii. Surfing
magazine has written "the Willis Brothers exemplify
the spirit of surfing "
Divinely ordained surfing
ministers the Willis bros. are Creators
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