Miki Dora, often referred to as “Da Cat,” was a legendary and enigmatic figure in the surfing world, epitomising the rebellious spirit of the sport in the 1950s and 60s.

Born in 1934 in Budapest and later moving to California, Dora became synonymous with Malibu’s iconic waves. His smooth, stylish rides and disdain for the commercialisation of surfing set him apart as both a pioneer and a controversial figure.

Dora’s life was as tumultuous as his surf style; he was known for his run-ins with the law and periods of self-imposed exile, which only added to his mystique.

Despite his complex persona, Dora’s legacy as a purist who championed surfing as a way of life rather than a spectacle continues to resonate with many in the surf community.