Velarde, Hector

Dashingly handsome goofyfoot surfer from Lima, Peru; national champion in 1967. Velarde was born (1941) and raised in Lima, the son of a wealthy fishmeal-producing family, and began surfing in 1956. He proved to be not only a gifted rider in big and small waves, but a born entertainer, able to dazzle onlookers by gripping the rails of his surfboard and pressing up into a perfect toes-pointed handstand.

Friendly and bright—a graduate of both Pennsylvania Military College and Clemson Universit...