Morris, Willy

Media-friendly surfer from Woodland Hills, California; winner of the 1985 Katin Team Challenge. Morris was born (1962) and raised in the San Fernando Valley, and began surfing at age eight. He was a force in the United States Surfing Championships, finishing second in the boys' division in 1977, second in juniors in 1980, and winning the men's division in 1981.

Morris launched onto the world pro circuit with great fanfare—Surfing magazine ran a four-part series, "I'm Getting My Act Together ...