Machuca, Jorge

Good-natured Jorge Machuca of Puerto Rico first came to the attention of the surfing world in 1967 at the age of 14 when he finished runner-up in the Puerto Rico International, behind reigning U.S. champion Corky Carroll, but ahead of American surf heroes like Rusty Miller, Claude Codgen, Gary Propper, and Dewey Weber.

Flexible and creative in the water, a first-rate switchfooter, Machuca was touted as a real threat to win the 1968 world contest, but lost early. "I get the coolies in a conte...