Velarde, Hector

Dashingly handsome goofyfoot surfer and paddler from Lima, Peru. Velarde was born (1941) and raised in Lima, the son of a wealthy fishmeal-producing family, and began surfing in 1956, at Miraflores. He proved to be not only a gifted rider in big and small waves, but a born entertainer as well, able to dazzle onlookers by gripping the rails of his board and pressing up into a perfect toes-pointed handstand.

Solidly built (5'10", 175 lbs), friendly and bright—a graduate of both Pennsylvania Mi...