Dobson, Dale

Enduring and disciplined switchfoot surfer from San Diego, California; winner of the 1972 United States Surfing Championships; the last top-drawer California surfer to give up longboarding, in 1968, and one of the first to take it back up full-time, in the late '70s. Dobson was born (1947) and raised in San Diego, and began surfing at age 10. Influenced in the early '60s by ace switchfooter Butch Van Artsdalen of La Jolla, Dobson, a born goofyfoot, soon became a nearly ambidextrous wave-rider...