Surfing is a surface water sport in which an individual uses a board to ride a wave of water that usually carries them back to the shore. Most people view surfing as a form of relaxation that allows them to temporarily escape the real world and forget about their problems and responsibilities. However, while many surfers only consider it as a pastime, there are actual people who make a huge amount of money while doing the sports that they love.Here's the list of the richest surfers in the world:Kelly SlaterIn an article, Tiffany Raiford of Worthly named Kelly Slater as the richest surfer in the world. According to the report, the 49-year-old professional surfer has a net worth of $22 million. Slater was sponsored by Quiksilver, brand of surf-inspired apparel and accessories, for 23 years before he ended ties with the company in 2014.Aside from being the richest surfer in the world, Slater is also considered the greatest surfer of all time. He's an 11-time World Surf League champion who has the title of both the youngest and the oldest surfer to win the tournament's men's title.John John FlorenceJohn John Florence earned the second spot on the list of the richest surfers in the world. Per Celebrity Net Worth, Florence has a net worth of $12 million. According to his personal website, Florence's sponsors and brand affiliations include accessories brand Nixon, energy bar brand Clif Bar, surfing gear brand Florence Marine X, Yeti Coolers, surfboard maker Pyzel, fitness tracker maker Whoop, apparel brand Stance, surfboard accessory brand Futures, production company Parallel Sea, outdoor gear company Dakine, and sunglasses brand Electric.Laird HamiltonLaird Hamilton came in third place on the list of the richest surfers in the world. Hamilton is an American big-wave surfer with a net worth of $10 million. Unlike Slater who has given his undivided attention to surfing, Hamilton has done plenty of things aside from surfing.According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 57-year-old surfer is also an action sportswear model, the owner of a clothing line, and has appeared in many television series and movies. Laird came from a family of surfers and the son of Bill Hamilton.Dane ReynoldsReynolds is considered the fourth richest surfer in the world. He reportedly has a net worth of almost $4 million. He endorses big companies such as Channel Islands, Vans, and Quiksilver. Like Slater, Florence, and Hamilton, Reynolds also has a successful surfing career.However, what makes him stand out among the other richest surfers in the world is that he didn't receive formal training and didn't have a coach. The 35-year-old surfer is known for his "go for broke" style of surfing that includes many experimental and aerial maneuvers.