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Jimmy Blears
Personal information
BornJames Blears, Jr.
(1948-01-06)January 6, 1948
Santa Monica, California,
United States
DiedFebruary 4, 2011(2011-02-04) (aged 63)
Honolulu, Hawaii,
United States
Surfing career
Years active1960s–1990s
Best year1972
SponsorsWeber Surfboards
Major achievements1972 IPS World Champion
Surfing specifications
StanceGoofy foot
Favorite wavesJockos

James Blears, Jr (January 6, 1948 – February 4, 2011) was the 1972 World Surfing Champion.[1]


Jimmy Blears was born in California the oldest son of former NWA and WWA pro-wrestling champion, Lord James "Tally-Ho" Blears, also an avid surfer who appeared in the seminal surfing documentary, The Endless Summer.[2] At the age of eleven Blears moved with his family to Hawaii, where he learned surfing from his father. During his career Blears was a professional C&C North Shore lifeguard for 25 years, as well as being a professional surfer.

Blears died in his sleep on February 4, 2011 in Honolulu, at the age of 63.


Blears' sister, Laura Blears, was one of the world's top female surfers during the 1970s.[3] His youngest brother, Clinton “Tallyho” Blears was also a noted professional surfer.


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Surfing by Matt Warshaw, 2003; published by Harcourt Books
  2. ^ Jimmy Blears - Biography Archived 2013-12-14 at the Wayback Machine at World Champions of Surfing; published January 3, 2012; retrieved September 7, 2012
  3. ^ Hawaii Surfers Surfing Past 60, by David Thompson; at Honolulu Magazine; published December 2011; retrieved September 7, 2012

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Preceded by
Rolf Aurness
ISF World Surfing Champion (men's)
Succeeded by
Ian Cairns
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