Neece, Jim

Flash-in-the-pan regularfooter from Hawaii, nicknamed "Wildman" and the "Surfing Daredevil," who made news in 1973 when he announced his intention to ride a 40-foot wave at Kaena Point, the unconquered big-wave break on the western tip of Oahu. Neece was born (1952) in San Pedro, California, began surfing at age 11, and moved to Hawaii in 1968, where he began riding big waves. He confidence shot up in early 1972, after he helped lead the charge on Huge Monday, a spectacular Second Reef day at...