Duane, Gordon

Prickly, plainspoken California surfboard manufacturer from southwest Los Angeles County; founder in 1956 of Gordie Surfboards, in Huntington Beach. "He had the personality of a rattlesnake," former US Champion Corky Carroll said of Duane. "We all respected his work, but he was extremely difficult to get along with."

Duane was born (1931) in Los Angeles, and began surfing in 1951 in Hawaii, while stationed on a Pearl Harbor naval base. Two years later he shaped his first board. Duane began b...