When he’s not posing alongside supermodels, Danny Fuller is charging. Actually, it’s been his singular goal ever since he moved to Oahu’s North Shore at age 15 (as if his native Kauai were lacking in waves) and started homeschooling so he could spend his days riding the infamous Pipeline. In the years since he turned pro, Fuller has transformed himself into one of the best big-wave surfers around – and an acclaimed photographer.
An approximately 25-foot monster he caught at Waimea Bay in February 2006 landed a Billabong XXL Awards consideration as one of the largest waves anyone had paddled into all year. But something funny happened on the way to the beach. While preparing to star in the 2003 reality show “Boarding House: North Shore,” Fuller was discovered by modeling scouts and soon found himself in campaigns for J.Crew, St. John and, most recently, Chanel, and posing alongside the likes of Gisele and Karolina Kurkova.
Fuller now splits his time between Oahu and Venice Beach, Calif., where he lives with his girlfriend, Tori Praver (a model, naturally). Most of the time he gets paid to travel the planet, seeking out the biggest waves and competing only in contests held at monster spots like Pipeline and Teahupoo.