Propper, Gary

Baby-faced surfer from Cocoa Beach, Florida; winner of the 1966 East Coast Surfing Championships; the first international-caliber surfer from the Eastern Seaboard, and the top-paid pro of his generation. "Gary was a hotdogger in every sense of the word," fellow Floridian pro Mike Tabeling said of Propper. "He was flamboyant and cocky, had the muscle tone of a jaguar, and there was nothing he couldn't do on a board."

Born in the Bronx in 1946, Gary Kapinski was adopted by Irving Propper, a ju...