Foster, Marvin

Shadowy Hawaiian goofyfooter, a top Pipeline rider during the 1980s, an early proponent of the lay-forward tube stance, renowned for his gangster-steeped cool. "Marvin Foster was a role model," Brock Little said in 1992. "He charged big Pipe [and was often] punching out guys behind the Haleiwa Surf Center. But he had a soft spot for kids. He was someone we all wanted to be like."

Foster was born (1961) in Honolulu, raised in Waialua, and began surfing at age 13 in the near-shore waves at Hal...