Chouinard, Yvon

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Innovative businessman and environmentalist from Ventura, California; founder of Patagonia, the hugely successful "green" sportswear and sporting goods company. Chouinard was born (1938) in Lewiston, Maine, and was nine when he moved with his family to Burbank, California. He started surfing in high school, became a legendary rock climber in the '60s, began selling handmade climbing hardware in ...

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