Miller, Rusty

Loquacious regularfooter originally from Encinitas, California; America's top-ranked surfer in 1965. Miller was born (1943) in La Jolla, California, the son of an aeronautical engineer, moved with his family at age five to the north San Diego County beach town of Encinitas, and began surfing at age 10.

During the early and mid-'60s, Miller put together a sturdy competition record: in the West Coast Championships he finished runner-up in 1961 and fourth in 1962; in 1965 he was awarded a color...