Dogny, Carlos


Wealthy gentleman surfer and socialite from Lima, Peru; the founder of Club Waikiki, and often referred to as the father of Peruvian surfing. Dogny was born (1909) in Barranco, the only son of a French army colonel and a Peruvian sugarcane heiress, and grew up in both Lima and the beachside resort town of Biarritz, France. In 1938, the 29-year-old Dogny traveled with a French polo team to Honolulu, where he learned to surf at Waikiki. Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku gave Dogny a board to take back to Peru; on the beach at Miraflores, on the outskirts of Lima, Dogny passed the board around to a group of similarly wealthy friends.

Surfing had been practiced off the beaches of Lima as far back as 1923, but had died out by the mid-'30s; Dogny and his small band of wave-riders have long been thought of as the original Peruvian surfers. The surf world's first aristocrat organization, and the long time hub of Peruvian surfing, Club Waikiki was founded and built in 1942, with Dogny serving as club president; the joining fee in the mid-'60s was $25,000.

In 1959, Dogny and French surfer Michel Barland cofounded the Waikiki Surf Club, France's first surfing organization, in Biarritz.

Dogny died in 1997, age 87; his ashes were spread in the ocean in front of his beloved Club Waikiki.