Larson, Merv

Futuristic wave-ski surfer and Olympian from Ventura, California; winner of the 1969 Rincon Surf-Ski and Kayak Championships. "Nat Young and Jock Sutherland probe the outer limits of performance on their feet," surf writer Drew Kampion noted. "Greenough does it on his knees. And Merv Larson? He does it on his ass."

Larson was born (1940) in the city of Orange, California, raised in Huntington Beach, and began bodysurfing at age seven. In 1959 he saw kayaker Don Golden riding at Doheny Beach ...