Eckert, Ned

Round-faced surfer from Newport Beach, California, who became a surf world comedy phenomenon in the mid-1960s as "JJ Moon," the self-proclaimed "number-one surfer in the world."

Eckert was born (1937) in St. Louis, Missouri, moved with his family at age two to Beverly Hills, California, began surfing at 18, and in 1961 received an M.A. in physical education from Chapman College. The affable and sociable Eckert became friends with some of California's top riders while surfing at Malibu and Hu...