Surfing Legends

Surfing Legends

Dana Point Surfing Legends

Many surfing legends lived, worked, and surfed in Dana Point. Brief descriptions of some of these men and women follow in alphabetical order:

Drummond, Ron: learned to surf as a kid on his mother’s ironing board; “his creativity in ‘shooting the curl’ has been a legend of Capistrano Bay for several decades and several generations”; “one of California’s champion water sportsmen, he went on winning gold medals in his 70s”; last of two surfers to surf Killer Dana prior to the harbor.1

Edwards, Phil “Guayule Kid”: best surfer in the world in the early Sixties, according to Surfer magazine readers and others2,3; first (filmed) person to ever ride Banzai Pipeline in Dec 61’; shaped surfboards and worked on Hobie Cats for Hobie; starring roles in surfing movies; cover of Sports Illustrated.4

Harrison, Lorrin “Whitey”: one of California’s foundational all-around watermen5; one of the first and best California surfers; 1939 Pacific Coast (national) Champion Surfer; made surfboards; originator of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club; one of the first producers of fiberglass outrigger racing boats.

Hoffman, Joyce: dominated women’s surfing in the sixties; after winning the 1965 U.S. Surfboard Championships, she was four-time world champion 1964-67 and was honored as one of the original eight inductees into the International Surfing Hall of Fame; one of the first internationally recognized female surfers6; daughter of Walter Hoffman.

Hoffman, Phil “Flippy”: called Killer Dana “home” and when not surfing, spent his time lobstering, fishing, and abalone diving; among the first California surf figures to ride the Hawaii’s big waves in early ‘50s; has one of the largest collection of historically significant surfboards; provides fabrics to the surfing industry; lives on Beach Road.

Munoz, Mickey “Mongoose”: pioneer big wave rider and surfboard designer; “invented a lot of the stock poses we used in those days, like Teléfono, Quasimodo, El Spontanéo. They were sort of like compulsory exercises in gymnastics — every surfer had to master them in order to prove he’d reached a minimum level of skill;”7 lives in “Capo Beach”.

[1] Local historian, Doris Walker, in her book about Dana Point, Home Port for Romance



[4], Jason Borte



[7] per Mike Doyle,, from Malcolm Gault-Williams

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