Travelling and competing in a male dominated sport has us ladies constantly surrounded by some pretty great men doing the same and we’d be lying if we said our eyes didn’t wander now and then…so we decided for a little bit of fun to compile a list of the top 10 “nicest” guys on the World Qualifying Series. (QS)
As you can imagine this task felt a little overwhelming so we called in a little help from our friends…
15 female international QS competitors provided us with who they thought were the top 10 nicest guys on the QS tour, we then tallied up those names in to one list and ranked them from 1-10
Each guy had to meet the following criteria
- Surf and compete on the World Qualifying Series
- Easy to travel with and just hang with in general
- To be an all round nice guy and a gentleman because ladies, chivalry isn’t dead!!!
- Ain’t no player!
- Genuinely support women’s surfing
Of course these aren’t the only nice guys on the QS, there are so many amazing men to travel, surf and play a good game of cards with but ladies if you’re looking to meet someone who absolutely shreds and is an all round nice guy then take our advice and get to know these surfers…
10: KEVIN SHULTZ @kevin_schulz
The gentle giant from San Clemente, California is one of the kindest humans on the QS. With a raw talent for surfing, he never fails to stop and have a chat when crossing paths. He has a major passion for women surfing and will always be one of the guys out there trying to push all the girls to their limits.
9: BEYRICK DE VRIES @beyrick
The crazy genius all the way from South Africa, Beyrick is the smiling assassin on the QS. A real gentleman in the form of a tall South African surfer, he without fail always gives the girls waves in the lineup. He will always stop and say hello, and you can count on him when you really need it.
8. NOAH BESCHEN @noahbeschen
Hawaii’s sweetheart, Noah Beschen just had to make this list. We met Noah around two years ago now and didn’t see him for 12 months and the next time we saw each other he wasn’t shy to come say hello and have a chat. A literal legend of a human, he has so much talent when it comes to surfing and an amazing outlook on life. Such a fun person to be around.
7: KYUSS KING @kyussking
Yes he is sweet, yes he is funny and yes he freaking rips. Kyuss King’s name has been around in the Australian surf culture for years now. Throwing it way back to when all his wetsuits and boards were a matching fluro green. Kyuss’s passion for surfing means he will always be the first one out there even when it’s dark so you have someone to talk to in the most unlikely of hours.
6: COOPER DAVIES @cooper_davies_
RVCA rider Cooper Davies is one of the sweetest boys on the QS. He has a charismatic grin that can lift anyone’s spirits on any given day and can always make you laugh with his quick witted humour. His all over love for surfing makes him so easy to get along with and will always have your back if you ever really needed something. Don’t ever change Coops.
5: MATT McGILLIVRAY @mattmcgillivray
Another recurring name on the girls top 10 list was Matt McGillivray. He seriously rips, shown by his recent qualification for the championship tour and will be debuting in his rookie year this year (hopefully). His mellow energy allows you to feel calm whenever you’re around him and he has all the traits and manners of a perfect gentleman. Be like Matt!
4: LIAM O’BRIEN @liamobr_
When asking the girls about the nicest guys on the QS, Liam O’brien was a name that just kept coming up.. His surfing seriously speaks for itself, his Tom Curren esk style is beyond phenomenal and one that we all love to watch. One of the girls stated “freaking nicest person ever, definitely has to be on there”! Commonly known as LOB, he is an exceptional guy and a true gentleman.
3: BILLY STAIRMAND @billystairmand
From all the way across the ditch, Billy Stairmand is one of the best guys out. Billy has a heart of gold and acts as a father figure and coach to most kiwis on the QS. He is always down the beach supporting his fellow New Zealanders and is honestly just a great person to be around. Beside the fact that his surfing is beyond amazing, Billy always helps the girls out by sitting on the beach and filming their waves if you ask nicely enough. Billy you are a legend.
2: KAI WARNER @kaiwarner18
Aussie surfer, North Narrabeen’s, Kai Warner is one of the local communities stand out humans. Although we might be a little biased when it comes to Kai, he has a big heart and a smile that fills a room. His gentle nature makes him very easy to be around and he without fail always shares the waves with the ladies of the line up. His old school style leaves you feeling breathless after watching him surf, he’s one for the books.
1: SANDON WHITTAKER @sandywhits
Australian, Central coast ripper Sandon Whittaker known to most as Sandy is one of the most genuine humans on this planet. Along with his huge smile and never ending list of horrible dad jokes, Sandy keeps us all laughing. Forever looking out for all his mates both male and female, this guy will literally drop anything to help you out, he truly is one in a million.
So there we have it, this is who our team of experts think the top 10 nicest guys on the QS are. Congrats boys, keep doing what you’re doing, and ladies if you think we’ve missed someone let us know.