Baxter, Jackie

Spontaneous do-or-die regularfoot surfer from Huntington Beach, California. Baxter began surfing in 1959 at age 11, near his home in Venice Beach, and by 16 was a ranking member of the Dewey Weber Surfboard team. Baxter moved to Hawaii during the first stage of the shortboard revolution, and earned a reputation by throwing himself into the most critical places on waves at Pipeline and Sunset Beach. "The hairier it is the better," fellow California transplant Bill Hamilton said of Baxter's att...