Frye, Skip

Smooth, quiet, refined surfer and surfboard shaper from San Diego, California; competitor in the World Surfing Championships in 1966 and 1968; leader of the late-'60s shortboard revolution in California; and a master of the undervalued art of trim—finding and holding a pure angle in the fastest part of the wave. "He's a minimalist," surf journalist Chris Ahrens wrote in 1992, "all function, flow and speed." Frye was born (1941) in San Diego, the son of a navy aircraft mechanic, raised in East...