Roland, Joe

Afro-haired goofyfooter from Jacksonville Beach, Florida; the 17-year-old winner of the hotly contested 1968 East Coast AAAA circuit. "There isn't a surfer in the East who can put his board into a given position on a wave faster or with greater confidence than Joe," Surfing magazine said that year. "When Joe is hot and surfing radically, he can't be touched."

Roland began riding waves in 1964 at age 13 and paid for his first board by "washing pretty much every car in Atlantic Beach" for a bu...