Dora, Miki

Irresistible American surf rogue, originally from Hollywood, California; the light-footed master of Malibu during the 1950s and '60s, and surfing's definitive outlaw figure. "Those who knew Miki Dora," biographer David Rensin wrote, "those who wish they had or never had, all agree: there will never be another character in surfing like him. No one. Not even close."

Dora was born (1934) in Budapest, Hungary, the son of a wine merchant. His parents divorced when Dora was six, and his mother soo...