"THERE ARE NO BAD WAVES, ONLY A POOR CHOICE OF EQUIPMENT AND A LOUSY ATTITUDE.”
Mickey Muñoz is a pioneer in more ways than one. Aside from being part of the original crew that braved the elusive Waimea Bay in 1957, his newfangled approach to wave riding led him to trademark his own maneuvers and stances. Being bred on the long lines of Malibu, his small wave antics were backed up by his love for the Hawaiian juice. After all, he’d been making annual island pilgrimages since 1954.While most of his peers were slugging it out on 10-foot noseriders, Muñoz was spotted experimenting on the 6’8” he shaped for his son. He also built boards for Hobie Surfboards. Despite his entrenchment in the budding SoCal surf scene, Muñoz remained true to the original stoke of waveriding during the ’70s and ’80s before resurfacing in the early-’90s to the legendary icon status he truly deserved. Presently, Muñoz continues to design surfboards and lives in Capistrano Beach. He has two children.
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