Martinson, Mark

Barrel-chested regularfoot surfer from Long Beach, California; winner of the 1965 United States Surfing Championships, and globetrotting lead in a series of surf movies made by Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman in the mid- and late '60s.

Martinson was born (1947) and raised in Long Beach, the son of a mechanic and stock-car racer father, and began surfing at age 10. Six years later he placed runner-up in the 1962 West Coast Championships; in 1964 he won the United States Invitational, and in...