Raised in the South Bay, Mike worked as an apprentice
to Dale Velzy and Greg Noll shaping balsa boards in
1959. He modeled himself after true Polynesian watermen:
excelling in surfing, paddling, tandem, rowing, ocean
swimming, free diving and fishing.
traveled to the North Shore in the winter of 1959 along
with a small cadre of Californian surfers, helping pioneer
what is now an often taken-for-granted annual migration.
won his first Iron Man competition in 1960 in San Diego
and was Surfer poll winner in 1964.
Courtesy of Sharon Ann Marshall