Carroll, Corky

Flamboyant goofyfooter from Surfside, California; winner of the United States Surfing Championships in 1966, 1967, and 1969, and the sport's chirruping master of media in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. "He's been cheered and booed," surf journalist Jim Kempton wrote in 1998, "reviled, honored, laughed at, accused and credited with everything from defiling the name of surfing to inventing the career of 'pro surfer.'"

Carroll was born (1947) in Alhambra, California, the son of an electrician, raise...