Colburn, Bolton

Urbane art historian and former amateur surf champion from Carmel, California. Colburn was born (1955) to artist parents, and learned to surf in the clean cold waves off Carmel's white sand beaches at age 11. He moved with his family to San Diego at 12,  and by the early ‘70s was a standout amateur competitor.

Colburn won the American Surfing Association Championships in 1977, then briefly flirted with a career as a pro. He meanwhile enrolled in junior college, took an interest in art, and e...