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Miki Dora - Duke Contest - 1967  

Bill took this photograph at Sunset Beach in Val's front yard. Dora  was  one of 24 contestants. Here he is watching others riding just before engaging in conversation with Bill for several hours.  They talked about Delaware's whipping post and gallows which Miki thought were "archaic." Miki was fascinated with Bill's method of surf photography  in spite of paralyzed hands. Just before they parted Miki tossed the red Duke contest jacket he was wearing into Bill's lap, saying, " I want you to have this. You deserve it."  Bill never saw  Dora again. 

"He's probably the most notable California surfer in the history of the sport." said Steve Pezman, publisher of the Surfer's Journal. - from Dora's Los Angeles Times obituary - January 2002 

"Brief Encounter," the complete story of this Miki Dora meeting, written by Bill, was published 32 years later in The Surfer's Journal  - Volume 8  #4 - Winter 1999 


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