Byrne, Allan

Mustachioed surfer and board shaper originally from New Zealand; an eight-time national champion in the 1960s and '70s; later described as "the guru of the channel bottom" for his mastery of the difficult-to-make surfboard design. Byrne was born (1950) in Hamilton, New Zealand, began surfing at age 10, and shaping at 18. He won the New Zealand juniors division national title in 1966, and both the men's and juniors in 1967, and went on to take five more national titles. He competed in the Worl...