If you were around in the 90s when Rip Curl’s first iteration of The Search was dropped, there’s one name that you’d never forget … Frankie Oberholzer. Not that you would’ve ever heard it beforehand.

The stylish South African was plucked from obscurity  by Rip Curl and Derek Hynd and partnered up with Tom Curren on The Search.

The chemistry between them worked and when it came to riding waves, Frankie held his own and then some, his surfing pairing perfectly with Tom’s pure lines.

In this clip we catch up with Frankie today, and learn more about his fateful rise from obscurity.