In 2001, only two years after being named the ASP Rookie of the Year, American CJ Hobgood was crowned ASP World Champion at the end of a season shortened to five events due to the New York City 9/11 terrorist attacks. In winning the title, he became the first in 26 years to do so without claiming a world title event victory in the same season.
Since then, CJ has remained a force on the tour, with three top-ten finishes - fourth in 2004, fifth in 2008 and seventh in 2009. Along the way, he has picked up three further world title event victories, to go with the Hossegor Rip Curl Pro title that he won in 2000. In 2013, despite not having a major sponsor, he is back in the top ten of the World Championship tour rankings with three events of the season still to go.
Born on 6th July 1979 in Melbourne, Florida, CJ grew up surfing with his twin brother Damien, who has also become a leading pro surfer. He entered his first surfing contest in 1989 and made the Open Boys final. He placed second in a national competition the following year, won several other championships, and in 1998 was selected as the model for the new National Scholastic Surfing Association logo.
CJ is now a tour veteran, performing better than ever at the age of 34. A goofy footed surfer, he is still synonymous with charging big gnarly barrels like his twin brother, and his favorite manoeuvres are airs and barrels.
- Age: 34
- Height: 1.73m
- Weight: 68kg
- Nationality: USA