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Kivlin, Matt


Elegant regularfoot surfer and boardmaker from Santa Monica, California; often cited as California's best wave-rider in the late 1940s and early '50s; creator of the slouched, knees-together, neatly synchronized "Malibu" surfing style. "Many have been heavily influenced by the Kivlin technique, myself included," Miki Dora said in 1969. "However,  none will ever be able to come close to this genius of style."

Kivlin was born (1929) in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Santa Monica. He began s...