Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mike Haley, R.I.P.

Received this message from Pez:

"Mike Haley won the second US Surfing Championship at Huntington Beach in 1960, the year after his older brother Jack won in '59. Mike was one of the more prominent of a large group of hot young Seal Beach surfers from the late 50s through the 60s that included Tim Dorsey, Bill Fury, Robert August, Denny and Sam Buell, Willy and Denny Lenahan, Rich Chew, Pete Kobsev, Freddy Miller, Greg Hector, Barrymore, to name a few.

"Mike and Sherry Haley were a high profile surf couple from '65 or '66 into the '70s. Mike and Hynson became pals during the Rainbow Bridge era. When Mike and Sherry broke up Mike drifted for a while, then reconnected with an old Seal Beach flame, Lorna Moore. Mike and Lorna lived on Maui, moved to Alaska then Oregon before moving to Nipomo, CA. Mike resumed surfing there.

"Months ago he thought he had a stomach ulcer. It turned out to be advanced liver cancer and he passed away at home weeks after the diagnosis. He was a unique surfer, fluid, powerful, rode all sizes, a colorful and funny character, apt to find the humor when things were going wrong."

-- Steve Pezman 

"Surfing Hollow Days" is the fourth movie Bruce Brown made and highlights travels to Mexico, California and Florida, along with a trip to Australia and Hawaii with Phil Edwards. Features a fifteen-foot shark checking the line-up at Rincon and the first wave ever ridden at Pipeline. Includes footage of Mike Haley.

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