Clark, Gordon "Grubby"

Reclusive and all-powerful surf industrialist from Orange County, California; one of the innovators of the polyurethane foam blank; founder of Clark Foam, which dominated the blank-making business from the early 1960s until its implosion in late 2005.

Clark was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, raised in Whittier, and learned to surf while attending Pomona College in the late '40s and early '50s, where he earned a B.S. in engineering. In 1955, after spending two years in the army, Clark was worki...