Naughton, Kevin

Easygoing surfer and surf journalist from Laguna Beach, California; coauthor, along with Craig Peterson, of a series of popular Surfer magazine travel articles in the 1970s and '80s. Naughton was born (1953) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a psychiatrist, moved with his family in 1959 to Long Beach, California, and began surfing at age 11.

After high school, Naughton traveled north to Oregon and Washington, then flew to Hawaii for the winter; the following year he visited France an...