Miki Dora "2002 Surf Pioneer"
PHOTO: Courtesy of LeRoy Grannis (Hanging 5 at Malibu)
One of surfing's original surfstars, Miki grew up surfing in the shadows of Hollywood at his favorite haunt Malibu, where beginning in the '50s he lead a regular band of surfers who's notoriety rose with the publication of the book "Gidget" and the subsequent movie.
He and Phil Edwards (PIONEER Inductee '95) were considered two of the best surfers in the world at that time. He pretty much disappeared from public eye in the '70s, roaming the world, riding waves and establishing a folklore of Dora sightings. He passed away in 2002 from cancer after having spent the last years in Guethary, France a surfing mecca for European surfing.