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Cole, Maurice (1954 – )

Bearish surfer-boardmaker from Victoria, Australia; three-time finalist in the Australian National Titles (1979-'81); boardmaker to many of the world's best surfers in the '90s and '00s. "Cole's manic energy, hair-trigger temper, outlandish generosity, insomniac work regime, and insatiable thirst for wild times are all legendary," surf writer Tim Baker said of Cole in 2002. "It is exhausting work just contemplating his life's journey."

The part-Aboriginal Cole was born (1954) in Ararat, Vict...