Miklos Chapin Dora: 1934-2002″Da Cat” dies of cancer at 67.
On January 4, 2002 surf legend Mickey Dora (born Miklos Chapin Dora) died of pancreatic cancer at his father’s home in Montecito, California. Mickey was 67.Mickey will be remembered as the conscience of surfing. Born and raised in Southern California, it was obvious from a young age that Mickey had talent. By the mid 1950s he owned Malibu’s famous right point break, where his unmistakable style influenced an entire generation of surfers. In the ’60s he was a stunt double of sorts for Hollywood Gidget-esque films like Bikini Beach (1964), How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965), and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), doing the surfing of the films’ leading men.Eventually Dora became disenchanted with the hordes of new surfers who he referred to as “Valley cowboys and aircraft workers” that the films were encouraging, and is said to have been very vocal about his dislike of the new crowds clogging Malibu’s lineup. Dora stopped surfing competitively, pulling his shorts down and mooning judges on the final contest ride of his youth. After getting in some trouble with the law in the early 1970s, he left the U.S. for the greener pastures and less-crowded lineups of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, and finally Southern France, where he lived the rest of his life.Dora may be gone, but he’s not forgotten. The words “Dora Rules!” are written in perpetuity at his beloved Malibu.Mickey is survived by his father, Miklos K. Dora; his stepmother, Christina; and his half-sister, Pauline. He will be missed.-Joel Patterson