Doyle, Mike

Hawk-nosed regularfooter from Leucadia, California; runner-up in the 1964 World Championships; a top paddleboard racer, tandem rider, and big-wave rider, and arguably the 1960s' best all-around surfer. "Everybody wanted to be like Mike Doyle," 1966 East Coast champion Gary Propper said. "He had style. Everyone wanted to surf like him, look like him, dress like him."

Doyle was born (1941) in Los Angeles, raised in the southwest Los Angeles suburbs of Inglewood and Westchester, and began surfi...