Lis, Steve

Shadowy and undercredited kneeboarder and surfboard designer from San Diego, California; kneeboard division winner in the 1970 United States Championships, and creator of the wide-backed, split-tailed "fish" design.

Lis was born (1951) and raised in San Diego, and began surfing at age 10 at Ocean Beach. He built and rode wooden bellyboards called paipos for years, and won the 1966 Paipo Championships at Ocean Beach kneeriding a paipo of his own making. He made the original fish in 1967, work...