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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. "He was the most magic surfer I've ever seen—apart from Tom Curren," surfboard shaper Marc Andreini later said. "Rolf simply floated across the water as if it had no resistance; he was so fast and smooth it was unbelievable."

Aurness was born (1952) in Santa Monica, California, the son of Hollywood actor James ...