Brown, Bobby

Small-framed Australian regularfooter from the Sydney beachfront suburb of Cronulla; considered by many to be the premier stylist of his generation. Brown began surfing in 1957, at Cronulla, and soon became a member of the Wanda Surf Club. In 1964, he defeated Midget Farrelly to win the New South Wales state titles, and a few weeks later placed sixth in the debut World Surfing Championships, held in Manly Beach; at 18, he was the youngest finalist.

Brown's aggressive but ultrasmooth style of...