Bertlemann, Larry

Dynamic regularfoot surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii; winner of the 1973 United States Surfing Championships, and often cited as progenitor of today's high-performance shortboard surfing. "A truly gifted surfer," as described by Australian journalist Phil Jarratt in 1979, "with an outrageously overblown ego."

Bertlemann was born (1955) in Hilo, Hawaii, the son of an auto mechanic, and began surfing at age 11, just after moving with his family to Honolulu. Three years later he placed fourth in th...