Cooke, Alec

Showboating big-wave surfer from Hawaii, also known as "Ace Cool"; best remembered for his heavily promoted venture into the big surf at Oahu's Kaena Point in 1984, and at Outside Pipeline the following year. "He told me he wanted to be known as the Evil Knievel of surfing," photographer Warren Bolster said of Cooke. "My admonishments to tone it down fell on deaf ears."

Cooke was born (1956) in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Kauai and Oahu, started surfing at age six, and was a competitive...