Thomopolous / Thompson, George

Confident regularfoot surfer from Durban, South Africa; men's division winner in the South African Championships in 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969. George Thomopolous was born in 1947 in the landlocked Transvaal city of Springs, and moved with his family to Durban at age nine, where he began surfing; the learning curve was made easier by the fact that his father owned a beachfront cafe located next door to the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club.

Aside from his national titles, the stocky dark-haired Th...