Angel, Jose

Fearless surfer from Haleiwa, Hawaii, described by fellow big-wave pioneer Greg Noll as "the gutsiest surfer there ever was." Angel was born (1934) and raised in San Francisco, California, and became a casual surfer while attending San Francisco State College. He took to the ocean in part because he had severe skin allergies, and seawater provided quick and easy relief.

In 1955, Angel followed wife-to-be Mozelle Gooch to Hawaii; she was at that point the more accomplished surfer of the two. ...