Foster, Marvin

Fearsome Hawaiian goofyfooter, ace Pipeline rider, and an early proponent of the lay-forward tube stance. Foster was born (1962) in Honolulu, raised in Waialua, and began surfing at age 14. Five years later he was one of the top tuberiders at Pipeline, and at Backdoor his compressed, square-shouldered, lay-forward body positioning allowed him to ride nearly as deep inside the tube backside as he did frontside.

"Carvin' Marvin" turned pro in 1980 and was the world tour's rookie of the year; i...