TWO-TIME CHAMPION OF THE PIPELINE MASTERS AND LIGHTNING BOLT‘S CHARISMATIC AMBASSADOR.
To celebrate Lightning Bolt’s 50th anniversary, Rory Russell shared some memories around the ‘70s and ‘80s, and all the adventures he lived alongside the brand. An honor to hear it from such a storyteller!
The Lightning Bolt ambassador, iconic surfer and shaper Rory Russell is a living legend. He won several world class surf championships including two Pipe masters, 1976 and 1977, Waimea Pro in Brazil, 1975, all Japan pro in Chiba Japan, 1976, and Oahu North Shore Lightning Bolt Surf Championships in 1977.
Known by his surf performance, Rory also made a name for himself as a worldwide iconic shaper by shaping one of the most emblematic Lightning Bolt surfboards ever – the super pinny performance driven Pipeliner.
Besides his great achievements in contests, Rory has co-starred in such surfing films as Five Summer Stories, Sundance, Red Hot Blue, Hot Lips, and Inner Tubes, Surf Superstars and he has also made numerous TV appearances including on ABC’s wide world of sports, ABC’s American sportsman and so many promotional appearances in TV and surf magazines.