Esposito, Mike

Unheralded but richly talented goofyfoot surfer from Durban, South Africa; runner-up in the 1975 Gunston 500, and third-place finisher in the 1991 Longboard World Championships. Esposito was born (1953) in Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal province, and raised in Durban. He began surfing at 12, and just a few months later placed second in the boys' division of the South African Championships. George Thompson, the country's best surfer at the time, was an informal mentor.