Aurness, Rolf

Gentle-natured goofyfoot surfer from Pacific Palisades, California; winner of the 1970 World Surfing Championships, at age 18, just months before dropping off the surf scene entirely. Aurness was born (1952) in Santa Monica, California, the son of Hollywood actor James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, CBS-TV's long-running western drama series. ("Aurness" is the original family name; James used the shortened version once he began acting.) James began surfing after World War...