Richards, John "LJ"

Regularfoot surfer from Oceanside, California; fourth-place finisher in the 1964 World Surfing Championships. LJ (Little John) Richards was born (1939) and raised in Oceanside and began surfing at age 13, often riding with schoolmate and mentor Phil Edwards. In 1963 he won the West Coast Surfing Championships and the following year placed runner-up in the United States Invitational.

Richards was invited to Sydney, Australia, for the first World Championships; in the semifinals he fell on his...