Mickey Dora Da Cat model longboard by Greg Noll (1966-68)

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Mickey Dora ‘Da Cat’ model 10’2 longboard made by Greg Noll in 1966-68. Featuring a jet-black color scheme with unique step down nose deck and matching glass-on fin. This collectors longboard has undergone restoration by way of adding black pigment to the board while retaining it’s original fiberglass. A stunningly beautiful example of the most prestigious longboard a surfboard collector could ever own. Don’t let this black cat get away!

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History of Miki Dora & Greg Noll

Miki Dora‭ (‬real name Miklos Sandor Dora III‭) ‬became a surfing icon of the‭ ‬1950s and‭ ‬60s and picked up nicknames such as “The King of Malibu‭”‬,‭ “‬Da Cat‭”‬ as well as the‭ “‬angry young man of surfing‭”‬.‭ ‬His character,‭ ‬style,‭ ‬and criminal background make him one of‭ ‬the most interesting people in the history of the sport.‭ ‬He was born on the‭ ‬11th of August‭ ‬1936‭ ‬in Budapest,‭ ‬Hungary as a son of a wine merchant.‭ ‬His parents soon divorced,‭ ‬and it was his stepfather-‭ ‬Gard Chapin,‭ ‬who introduced him to surfing in the late‭ ‬1930s.‭ ‬Chapin was also a surf legend,‭ ‬and his obsessions with surfboard design brought Dora into contact with California industrial designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.

‭ ‬Stories of Dora‭’‬s youth in Malibu consist of a huge number of scams and rebellion-‭ ‬they became kind of urban legends.‭ ‬One of them was a plan to fire-bomb the shack at San Onofre.‭ ‬Above all that his friends described him as smart,‭ ‬witty and iconoclastic-‭ ‬he certainly wasn‭’t ‬lacking any charisma.‭ ‬Although‭ ‬he competed in a few contests in the‭ ‬1960s,‭ ‬he denounced‭ ‬them as being‭ ‬contradictory to the spirit of surfing.‭ ‬“Everybody considered Miki to be the best surfer in the world,‭”‬ said Allan Carter,‭ ‬a friend who began surfing with‭ ‬Miki Dora in the‭ ‬1950s.‭ ‬“Miki was like the Muhammad Ali of surfing.‭ ‬He had dragonfly reflexes and this extraordinarily graceful style.‭ ‬It was beautiful to watch him surf.‭”‬ Dora‭’‬s signature surfboard,‭ ‬released in‭ ‬1966,‭ ‬became the best selling surfboard in history-‭ ‬and again on its re-release‭ ‬25‭ ‬years later.‭ ‬After Gidget created a cinematic genre,‭ ‬Dora became a stunt double for several of the early‭ ‘‬60s Hollywood beach flicks beginning with‭ ‬1964‭’‬s Muscle Beach Party,‭ ‬Bikini Beach‭ (‬1964‭)‬,‭ ‬How to Stuff a Wild Bikini‭ (‬1965‭)‬,‭ ‬Beach Blanket Bingo‭ (‬1965‭) ‬and Ski Party‭ (‬1965‭)‬.‭ ‬He was featured as himself in Bill Delaney’s Surfers:‭ ‬The Movie‭ (‬1990‭)‬.‭ ‬Despite his‭ ‬anticipated mistrust towards the commercialization of surfing,‭ ‬Dora did enter into a profit-sharing arrangement with Greg Noll to release a limited number of Miki Dora‭ “‬Da Cat‭” ‬surfboards,‭ ‬during which time he created magazine advertisements promoting the boards.‭

Miki Dora decided to leave the U.S.‭ ‬in‭ ‬1970‭ ‬and lived around the world spending‭ ‬most‭ ‬of his time in France and South Africa.‭ ‬After he‭ ‬returned to the US from France in‭ ‬1981,‭ ‬he was arrested by the FBI for violating his parole by leaving the country in‭ ‬1975‭ ‬after pleading guilty to writing a bad check for the purchase of ski equipment.‭ ‬While serving time for that,‭ ‬he was sentenced to six‭ ‬months in federal prison after a Denver grand jury indicted him for credit card fraud in‭ ‬1982.‭ ‬After that,‭ ‬Miki Dora,‭ ‬still with no permanent residence,‭ ‬remained a surf tribe icon over the years.‭ ‬He was invited‭ ‬at‭ ‬legends events-‭ ‬which he sometimes took part in,‭ ‬and lived much of the year in France.‭ ‬He was often seen at Quiksilver functions,‭ ‬giving him a sense of‭ ‬association in the international surfing establishment.‭ ‬Like many of the aging stars,‭ ‬Dora benefited from the nostalgia of the so-called longboard renaissance,‭ ‬and a new edition of his famous Greg Noll Da Cat surfboard has been a great success.

‭ ‬Miki Dora died at his father’s home in Montecito,‭ ‬California,‭ ‬on January‭ ‬3,‭ ‬2002,‭ ‬at age‭ ‬67‭ ‬from pancreatic cancer.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬CR Stecyk and Drew Kampion released an authorized biography called‭ “‬Dora Lives‭”‬.‭ ‬Three years later,‭ ‬Dave Rensin published‭ “‬All for a Few Perfect Waves‭”‬.‭ ‬Miki Dora‭’‬s legacy lives on-‭ ‬or,‭ ‬as the graffiti at Malibu has‭ ‬shown off for ages,‭ “‬Dora rules.‭”‬

Greg Noll

Greg “Da Bull” Noll was born in San Diego, California on February 11th,‭ ‬1937.‭ ‬He was given “Da Bull” as a nickname due to his steadfast and obstinate approach towards charging big waves.‭ ‬Noll was‭ ‬11‭ ‬years old when he first started surfing and from a young age was taught how to shape surfboards by none other than Dale Velzy. Noll eventually became a skilled shaper himself while continuously polishing his surfing skills.‭ ‬His remarkable abilities as a waterman earned him a spot with the LA county lifeguard. He especially excelled at ‭paddling, a skill that led him to being selected for the U.S. Lifeguard team which competed in the ‬1956‭ ‬Olympics, held in Melbourne,‭ ‬Australia.‭

In‭ ‬1957,‭ ‬Noll made big wave surfing history as the first person ever to ever ride a wave at Waimea Bay, now an iconic big wave riding break on the North Shore of Oahu. In December of‭ ‬1964,‭ ‬Greg Noll made history again riding a giant wave at third reef Pipeline.‭ ‬Noll was known for surfing in a pair of black and white striped boardshorts, his way of preventing others from taking credit for his rides.‭

Noll returned to California with well established notoriety. He then started a thriving surfboard manufacturing business in Hermosa Beach, California and partnered with iconic surfer, Miki Dora to produce the Miki Dora “Da Cat” model longboard. Sales took off immediately and reached a peak production of around 170 boards a week.‭ ‬Noll also produced surf films such as the‭ “‬Search for Surf‭”‬ series featuring waves ridden in Hawaii, California, and Mexico.

Greg‭ ended his big wave riding career on a storm swell that hit Makaha in ‬December of‭ ‬1969, catching as big of a waves as one could paddle into. Fred Hemmings,‭ ‬a fellow big wave rider who was a witness to his ride at Makaha was quoted‭ ‬saying “If there was anyone else in Greg‭’‬s place, he wouldn’t‭ have made it alive”. Decades later, one of ‭Noll’s personal big wave balsa guns sold at auction for $40,000.‬ His autobiography, published in 1989 was titled‭ “‬Da Bull:‭ ‬Life Over the Edge‭”. Greg “Da Bull” Noll is one of the most recognized names in surfing history and will forever be remembered as a big wave riding pioneer and expert surfboard craftsman.

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