Mike Doyle Dies



Mike Doyle, world famous surfer who rose to fame in the 1960s for both his skill and his embodiment of the sport’s early carefree nature, has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease at his home in San Jose. He was 78.

Doyle’s passion and skill took him around the world. In 1964, he was the runner-up at the World Surfing Championships. In tandem surfing, he won both the United States and world championships in 1965. “In that first era of surfing, you represented your country, and he was one of the standouts,” said Peter Townend, a former world surfing champion who is a co-chairman of the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, which inducted Doyle in 2003.

Born in 1941, Doyle started surfing in his home town of L.A. in 1956. earned a BA in biology and minor in art history at Long Beach State.

After earning dozens of competitions and surfing awards, and after being featured in films, magazines, and books, he was inducted into the Surfers Hall Of Fame in 2003. He moved to San Jose in 1980 where he started painting and opened a gallery in conjunction with his surf shop at Cabo Surf Hotel. Doyle and the hotel teamed up to open the Doyle Surf School 1998. He also worked in marketing for the Palmilla hotel.

Doyle married his wife Annie, also a surfer, in 2008.