Roland, Joe

Afro-haired goofyfooter from Jacksonville Beach, Florida; the 17-year-old winner of the hotly contested 1968 East Coast AAAA circuit. Roland began surfing in 1964 at age 13 in Jacksonville; four years later the Eastern Surfing Association debuted its elite AAAA division, and Roland's victory—over internationally known East Coasters like Mike Tabeling, Claude Codgen, and Bruce Valluzzi—was a surprise.

The slender and easygoing Roland competed in the World Surfing Championships in 1968 and 197...