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By  Malcolm Gault-Williams

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Miki Dora

Introduction to the LEGENDARY SURFERS Chapter

Classic Dora at Malibu

Aloha and welcome to this introduction to the LEGENDARY SURFERS chapter on Miki Dora.

Of all the surfers of the Sixties, Micki Dora was, by far, the most notorious. Dora had started making a name for himself in the Southern California surfing scene of the "Pre-Gidget Era," in the mid-1950s. By 1957, he was already well-known throughout the surfing world. As champion surfer and fellow Malibu rider Mike Doyle reminds us: "the unrivaled king of Malibu in those days was Mickey Dora, 'Da Cat.'" The way Dora rode was widely emulated and his attitude toward the commercialization of the sport was eventually shared by many of us. Dora was extremely influential throughout the 1960s and 1970s. His "legend" continues on, despite his death in January 2002. And, although less so than in those days of yore, the Dora mystique continues to effect surf culture -- more so than we know or some would care to admit.


The LEGENDARY SURFERS ebooklet on Miki Dora is taken from the popular on-line chapter at LEGENDARY SURFERS and enhanced with 50% new material (16,586 words), updated following Miki's passing.

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Contents of What You Will Receive:

  • GARD CHAPIN
  • CRY BABY AT THE SLOUGHS
  • JOE QUIGG'S 5TH PINTAIL
  • THE TWO MICKEYS, 1954
  • PRE-GIDGET MALIBU
  • GIDGET, June 27, 1956
  • BIG SURF OPENING NIGHT, CULVER CITY, 1957
  • A BURNING MISTAKE, MARCH 8, 1957
  • DRAG RACING
  • THE KIVLIN STYLE
  • DORA & EDWARDS
  • COMPETITIVE BUT NON-CONTEST
  • THE HUMAN TABLE, SEPTEMBER 3, 1958
  • THE TRESTLES PASSWORD
  • GIDGET,THE BOOK, 1957
  • SHOOTING GIDGET, 1958-59
  • RIDE THE WILD SURF
  • "RECLUSE ON A CROWDED DAY," AUGUST 1963
  • THE MID-1960S
  • WAVES YOU CAN'T MAKE, 1962
  • CORKY'S PERUVIAN ESCAPE
  • "DA CAT" MODEL
  • SWASTIKAS & TENNIS, BEVERLY HILLS, 1964
  • BRUSH FIRES
  • P.O.P. PIER, 1968
  • SALTWATER
  • TRAVELLING THE 1970s and '80s
  • JAIL TIME, 1983
  • DA CAT MODEL RE-ISSUE
  • DORA'S END
  • DORA IN RETROSPECTIVE


  • Dora at JBay, 1996

    Dora surfing J-Bay, South Africa, 1993.


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