RIP: Legendary Surfer/Inventor Mike Doyle

by The Editors on April 30, 2019

Mike Doyle, waterman, surfer, inventor, artist, and shaper who had suffered from ALS died Tuesday April 30, 2019 in his sleep at home in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, according to a story in the Orange County Register. He was 78.

“To sum up Doyle in some kind of words, here’s a really fabulous guy, a real icon and definitely a champion,” Tom Morey said. “I don’t know how many surf contests he’s won, but quite a few. And how many giant waves he’s ridden, but a lot. And how many innovations he’s had in the surfing world … revolutionizing, with his pals, the soft board is his deal and surf wax is a big deal.”

He also played a large roll in the development of the monoski, which for many was the precursor to snowboarding. The surf and snow world would not be the same without Mike Doyle. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his friends and family, especially his wife Anne.

[Link: Orange County Register, New York Times, LA Times]

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