Kwock, Danny

Enterprising surfer and surfwear executive from Newport Beach, California; leader of the brightly colored California New Wave surfers in the late 1970s and early '80s; marketing ace for surfwear giant Quiksilver since the mid-'80s. "Danny was Quiksilver's conduit to the kids on the beach," surf journalist Phil Jarratt wrote, "and thus became the 'rainman' to a $10-billion surf industry market leader."

Kwock was born (1961) in Honolulu, began surfing in Waikiki at age eight, and moved with hi...