Damm, Jon

Cosmopolitan goofyfoot surfer from Hawaii, best known as a Pipeline specialist in the mid- and late-'80s. Damm was born in Chicago (1957), but his father, an executive with Sherwin-Williams Paints, moved his family to prerevolution Cuba, then El Salvador, Venezuela, Ohio, and finally Puerto Rico, where Damm began surfing at age 13. He was a three-time Puerto Rican national champion (1973–75); in 1976 he enrolled at the University of Hawaii, moved to Oahu, and was soon riding Pipeline.

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