Sumpter, Rod

Nation-hopping surfer and surf entrepreneur from Cornwall, England; 1960s title-winner in Australia, America, Great Britain, and Ireland, and the sport's only quad-national champion. Sumpter was born (1947) in Watford, England, the son of an insurance salesman, moved with his family at age five to Sydney, Australia, and began surfing in 1961 at 14. Two years later the gangly regularfooter won the juniors division of the Australian Invitational Surfing Championships.

Sumpter (long known as "G...