Wetteland, Max

Energetic surfer-boardmaker-contest promoter from Durban, South Africa; a semifinalist in the 1964 World Surfing Championships, and cofounder of the Gunston 500 surfing contest. Wetteland was born (1938) and raised in Durban, began surfing at age 12, started building wooden surfboards at 15, and was the South African national paddleboard champion in 1958, 1959, and 1960.

Because South Africa as of 1964 had yet to stage any kind of official surfing competition, Wetteland was picked as his cou...