Miki Dora, Malibu. Photo: Grant Rolhoff
Malibu, mid-'60s. Photo: LeRoy Grannis
Miki Dora. Photo: Don James
Miki Dora brimmed over with dark charisma and hypnotic wave-riding talent. For those reasons alone it was hard to take your eyes off him. But surfers—West Coasters in particular—felt connected to Dora for another reason as well: their collective frustration over the decline and fall of Malibu. By the late 1950s, the original perfect wave was fast becoming the sport’s original lost utopia. While s...