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Miki Dora

Los Angeles, 1963
When I'm on the beach, it's a battle. Every guy is a potential threat.

Dora was 27 at the time of this interview with writer Bill Cleary. “Mickey Dora: the Angry Young Man of Surfing” ran the October 1963 issue of Surf Guide

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Mickey, how did it all begin; what was your early life like and what made you begin surfing; who were some of the others who were surfing then? 

When I was pretty young we went to live in South America for a year or so—my father was in the import business there. We moved back here, but I spent most of my early life locked in boardi...